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Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 18:47 EAT
Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya is expected to make a major pronouncement next Tuesday about the party’s course of action towards the August 2017 elections. The party held its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting today and affirmed the holding of National Delegates Conference (NDC) on December 13.
Wiper Party leaders said are extremely concerned with the continued lopsided preparation for the 2017 General Election by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Secretariat, without due consultation with the main political players, and especially the CORD Coalition. “The Secretariat must uphold the law and consult all the key political players. Wiper reiterates that the General Election must be held on 8th of August 2017, as is stipulated in the Constitution”, the leaders said.
Flanked by top officials among them chairman and Kitui Senator David Musila, Mr Musyoka opposed the new electoral law barring political aspirants from vying for various posts in 2017 due to their educational qualifications. He also opposed the Elections Campaign Financing Act No.42 of 2013, noting these laws add no significant value to leaders’ capabilities to lead and manage the affairs of this country.
In a statement released to the media after the NEC meeting held at Party’s Lavingstone offices in Nairobi, the Wiper fraternity said is deeply perturbed by the Jubilee regime’s insensitivity to the plight of Kenyans who are ailing and dying from neglect due to the ongoing strike by doctors and nurses in public hospitals. “This insensitivity by the Jubilee regime is a violation of human rights as enshrined in Chapter 4 of the Constitution. It is a crime against humanity. Wiper demands that Jubilee fully implements the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed with doctors four years ago, so as to forestall more agony and deaths”, the leaders said.
The party said though health is a devolved function, Kenyans have witnessed Jubilee’s misplaced priorities in the health sector and cited a case when the government pushed through the throats of Governors hospital equipment worth Sh38 billion, yet only less than 10 per cent of the equipment are being used in hospitals. “We have also witnessed blatant corruption through the procurement of the mobile clinics still lying in Mombasa, yet they have already been fully paid for, to the tune of Sh5 billion. This money was more than enough to pay what the doctors and nurses are demanding as salary”, the statement underscored.
The party demanded that culprits involved in the Afya House scandal be suspended and arraigned before courts, their assets frozen, and all the proceeds used to pay doctors. Health care is a fundamental right of every Kenyan, irrespective of his/her social or economic status, and therefore, Jubilee must ensure that no Kenyan is denied this right, the Wiper leaders said. They also described as soap opera playing out in Parliament on the NYS and the Afya House scandals, adding the continued silence of the President is also a major source of worry, as he is not providing leadership on this issue, they added..
Reacting to President Kenyatta’s visit to Lower Eastern region (Ukambani) yesterday and today said the party appreciates the tour, adding it is the right of the people of the area like all taxpayers in the country to have and enjoy development. The party said development is not a privilege, but a right stating that it must not be used as a bait by Jubilee to get votes in Lower Eastern.
“Since Lower Eastern is fully Corded, it is Wiper’s hope that the development initiatives initiated by Jubilee will not be stalled because of Wiper’s political stand as once happened in Kipipiri during the KANU regime”, they said.