Jubilee women MPs want Raila charged with incitement

Jubilee women MPs want Raila charged with incitement

A section of women Members of Parliament allied to the Jubilee Party have called for arrest and prosecution of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader, Raila Odinga, over alleged incitement to violence remarks made in Narok last week.

The over 20 women MPs say Odinga is not above the law and must be charged for allegedly inciting the people of Narok.

Speaking Thursday, October 6 during a tour of Embu County where they popularized the Jubilee Party and the gubernatorial candidature, Runyenjes Member Parliament, Cecily Mbarire, the MPs called on the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to probe the CORD leader.

They further accused NCIC of applying the law selectively.

Odinga is accused of calling on the Maasai community to take up their clubs and ‘protect their rights’.

Senate Majority Whip, Beatrice Elachi, said that women will not allow Odinga to incite Kenyans to kill each other adding that they will deal with him as women if he continues to disrespect the President and his deputy.

Elachi also called upon women to apply for the post of Commissioners of the IEBC to ensure they are well represented.

Kajiado East MP, Peris Tobiko, Narok Women Rep, Soipan Tuya, and Nominated Senator, Naisula Lesuuda, said that bows, arrows and spears are the Maasai’s traditional artifacts and thus it is disrespectful for the opposition leader to tell the Maasai to use them to ‘spill blood’.

The leaders noted that the country is not ready to go back to the chaos witnessed in 2007/08 due to political competition that only favors Odinga as the Presidential candidate.

Among those in the delegation included National Assembly Deputy Speaker, Joyce Laboso, former Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru, nominated Senators Beatrice Elachi and Naisula Lesuuda, Women Representatives Beatrice Nkatha (Tharaka-Nithi), Florence Kajuju (Meru) and MPs Alice Muthoni (Kandara), Peris Tobiko (Kajiado East), Rachael Nyamae (Kitui South) and nominated MP, Sonia Birdi, among others.