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Most Kenyan MPs are political brokers on the loose, says former lawmaker

He said that the honourable members of parliament had abandoned their role of passing legislation based on their validity but instead pass bills according to how much they get from the decisions.

By Tobbie WekesaTuesday, 18 Oct 2016 21:33 EAT

Former Mwala Member of Parliament John Mutua Katuku today claimed that the Kenyan parliament is full of political brokers who are in parliament to do business. He said that the honourable members of parliament had abandoned their role of passing legislation based on their validity but instead pass bills according to how much they get from the decisions.

The former lawmaker was unveiling his new political party, Peoples Trust Party. He said that his aim is to expand the democratic space and give Kenyans a chance to exercise their democratic rights. He took a swipe at how the Kenyan politics is conducted. “Since the re-introduction of multi-party politics in Kenya in the early 1990s, politics in Kenya has largely been organized through non-representative, personalized and ethnically based political parties,” said Mr Katuku.

He added that currently, the Kenyan politics is highly dominated by the elite at both the National and local levels. The majority of the citizens remain ignored, marginalized and manipulated for short term gains by the political elite. “Dictatorship and impunity has been preferred by a large proportion of the country’s leadership over democracy thereby rendering political organizations the preserve of personality cults and a small clique of sycophants,” said the former lawmaker. 

He regretted having seen honest and genuine leaders being edged out and replaced by the corrupt and the rich who have no interest of providing better lives for all Kenyans. He condemned the extra-judicial killings going on in the country and urged that human rights should be respected at all times.

The writer is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press





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