House demands report on Mungiki terror
Publication Date: 4/16/2008
The Government will today explain the circumstances under which the outlawed Mungiki sect caused havoc in major towns on Monday.
The sudden invasion by Mungiki adherents, a day after the grand coalition Cabinet was formed, found its way to the floor of the House through a request for a ministerial statement by Mutito MP Kiema Kilonzo (ODM-K).
Seeking a statement from Internal Security minister George Saitoti, Mr Kilonzo described the attacks in Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, Naivasha, Nyeri, Murang’a and Kiambu as a setback to the gains that President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga handed the country.
“Kenyans were just beginning to breathe a sigh of relief when Mungiki struck from nowhere and blocked many Kenyans in five major towns and the Metropolis (Nairobi) from going to work. We want to know: how can a group like Mungiki hold the country at ransom?” he asked.
He wondered where the security forces were when members of the sect struck.
“What measures is the minister going to take to assure Kenyans of their security?” Mr Kilonzo queried.
However, it was Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, in his capacity as the Leader of Government Business, who stood to respond. Mr Musyoka promised the House that Prof Saitoti will deliver a ministerial statement today.
Transport minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere was hard pressed to explain the increase in road accidents given the strict traffic rules passed by the House in 2003.
Responding to Kaiti MP Gideon Ndambuki (ODM-K) who wanted the Government to explain the reasons behind the increase in road accidents during Easter, Mr Mwakwere said vehicle owners and passengers need to comply with the law so that accidents are reduced.
However, Mr Ndambuki blamed the accidents on the laxity in the application of the rules implemented in 2003 by then Transport minister John Michuki.