Sifuna calls out Azimio MPs ‘trooping’ to State House
By Peter Ochieng
ODM party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna has castigated Members of Parliament aligned to Azimio La Umoja One Kenya, for meeting President William Ruto.
On Tuesday, a section of ODM MPs met the President and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua, before over 30 Jubilee legislatures took their turn on Wednesday.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Sifuna said the MPs cannot convince him that they are going to State House to push for development in their constituencies.
The Nairobi Senator said that as taxpayers, development is a right for all Kenyans irrespective of the political divide one supports or is aligned to.
“As tax payers, you are not required to beg for development. Just like government doesn’t call you to State House while taxing you, you likewise don’t need a meeting there to get development. It is your right. These State House visitors are being dishonest,” he wrote.
Sifuna’s opinion came as Lang’ata MP Felix Odiwuor, popularly known as Jalang’o said even ODM party leader Raila Oding could not have stopped him from going to State House on Tuesday.
“Even if Raila Odinga would have told me not to go to President Ruto’s meeting at State House, I would still have gone. The people of Lang’ata don’t care who is president or who is not.”
“What they care for is the delivery of the mandate they gave me,” said the first term MP.
However, Senator Sifuna challenged those trooping to State House to make public a list of development initiatives agreed on with the Head of State.
“It would also be interesting to get a list of the ‘development’ discussed from each member who went to State House so that their electorate can follow up on implementation.”
Jubilee party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni has already stated that over 30 MPs who met Ruto at State House will face disciplinary action.
The party is headed by former President, Uhuru Kenyatta.