- NASA leaders have warned CS Matiang’i to stop intimidating them.
- This is following the government crackdown of the legislators who attended the controversial inauguration that saw a number of them arrested.
- Similarly they raised concern as well on failure by the Government to switch on three major private TV stations in the country.
National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders have warned the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to stop intimidating them when they stand in solidarity with their arrested colleagues. Led by Siaya Senator James Orengo, the politicians called on their supporters who attended the inauguration of Raila Odinga as the “people’s president” to surrender to officers at Central Police Station tomorrow, and write a statement explaining why they attended the January 30 event.
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This is following the government crackdown of the legislators who attended the controversial inauguration at Uhuru Park Grounds Nairobi that saw MPs TJ Kajwang’ of Ruaraka and George Aladwa (Makadara), and National Resistance Movement (NRM) leader Miguna Miguna arrested and detained.
Despite the fact the court gave orders for Miguna to be released last Friday, he is still being detained at Lari Police Station. The leaders called for Miguna’s release and indicated they might sue the Government for contempt of court. Miguna was arrested on Friday after the police broke into his home in Runda.
Speaking at a rally in Baba Dogo Ruaraka constituency, the lawmakers complained to the Government over its failure to release Miguna. Similarly they raised concern as well on failure by the Government to switch on three major private TV stations in the country despite court orders. The stations were shutdown last week for live broadcasting the Raila ‘oath-taking’ ceremony. The NASA Principals who were expected to be present at the rally, failed to turn up whereby it is unknown the four decided to skip the Ruaraka rally.
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Apparently, those who addressed at the public gathering said the police were being used to intimidate them through the ongoing crackdown on those who ‘actively’ participated in the January 30 event. Dagoretti North Simba Arati didn’t understand why the government ignored court orders to release Miguna and switch on TV stations arguing the Jubilee administration should not as well expect others to obey the court orders. Aladwa also called on the Interior CS to respect other leaders irrespective of their political affiliation.
“We are leaders of this country. People woke up very early and elected us into office. You must respect and treat us with respect. This country belongs to all of us. We will resist any attempt to arrest and intimidate us,” said Aladwa.
Interestingly the Embakasi East MP Babu Owino asked Raila to appoint him the Interior Cabinet secretary in his expected Cabinet formation so that he can deal with Matiang’i. “All I am requesting Raila is to appoint me the Interior CS. If appointed, I will first arrest Matiang’i. I have told the police to come and create a cell in my house so that whenever they want to arrest me, they should come and lock me up in the cell at my place,” said the controversial legislator.
The Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris on her side told the police that NASA leaders were not criminals and had never been involved in any extra-judicial killings. “The police should know that it is not a crime to be in NASA. We are leaders of the people of Kenya and not criminals who you arrest when you feel like. I have buried so many people killed by the police. We are tired,” said Passaris.