Fri. Apr 19th, 2019

Atwoli blasts MPs on election law changes, says they’ll haunt Ruto

Francis Atwoli has blasted MPs over amendments to election laws saying this will trigger revolution through mass action.
The COTU secretary general noted it is unfair for MPs to “ride on tyranny of numbers to hurriedly amend election laws because they lost the election and the courts did not rule in their favour”.
Jubilee’s Bill is for manual results for the next presidential election to weigh more than what is transmitted electronically.
It seeks to amend the IEBC Act, the Election Act and the Elections Offences Act by giving manually transmitted results more clout in case of a discrepancy.
Atwoli said the legislators will trigger mass action if the public is not involved in the amendments as it is “part of a secret plot to interfere with the electoral process”.
“I want to advise these MPs for free. Majority of them are beneficiaries of a flawed system…taking such moves will provoke people like us, who are neutral in political matters, to join forces with civil societies and we shall eject them.”
The ruling coalition had its way on Thursday after 144 MPs voted to reduce the publication of the Bill on amendments to Elections Laws from 14 days to one.
This means a committee of the House can immediately call on the public to give its input from tomorrow before a report is tabled in the House.
An ad hoc committee will be formed Thursday afternoon to drive the process and table a report on October 10.
The workers’ union boss further noted the August 8 presidential election was nullified because of the flawed system IEBC used.
He said judges should therefore not be crucified for mistakes committed by other entities.
Four out of six Supreme Court judges ruled for the invalidation of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory over NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga.
“We were even shocked. Uhuru would have won the case but his judges did not convince the court,” he said.
“If I were DP William Ruto, I would have opposed this move in the strongest terms possible because it will haunt his 2022 presidential bid. These are just temporary laws because Uhuru will only be in power for five years. What happens to those who will be seeking presidency thereafter?”
The SG said it is worrying that instead of debating critical issues affecting the country, parliamentarians are using the tyranny of numbers to divide the country even more.
“When you lose, be sober, re-organise and assess what happened and wait for the next time.”
Atwoli said the MPs should be reminded that just like a river will always claim its natural path even when diverted, Kenyans will some day reclaim Parliament.
He asked Uhuru and Raila to soften their stands by respecting the law and holding talks on the repeat election.
“Let them not take Kenya hostage. Let them meet on a give-and-take basis with IEBC and stop this name-calling to solve all issues related to the election.”
Atwoli added that religious leaders may commit time to pray but decision making, not prayer, is what is primary to the success equation.