The leader of the Majority in the National Assembly Kimani Ichungwah has been told to keep the children of Azimio leaders out of politics.
Nairobi Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) said Ichungwa should show respect to the Azimio leaders without adversely mentioning the names of their family members.
The MCAs who included the Majority Deputy Whip Elijah Stazo Omungala (Upper Savannah), Absalom Odhiambo aka Matach, and Rex Omolleh (Nairobi West) said Kenyans had a right to a peaceful assembly or demonstrations.
They were reacting to a statement by Ichung’wa asking those opposing the removal of IEBC commissioners from office to involve their children in planned protests.
The Kikuyu MP said he wanted to see the children of Azimio la Umoja Leader Raila Odinga holding protests together with Azimio supporters.
“We are waiting, we want to see your children at the forefront of those rallies and protests with you,” he said.
The MCAs said when Raila was tortured, tormented, and detained without trial, his children were not there.
“When Raila fought for the second liberation/ Multipartism his children were not there. When Raila gave the Kenyans the new Constitution his children Were not there,” they said.
The MCAs said when Raila fought for the democracy which we are enjoying today, his children were not there and when the opposition leader fought to strengthen and improve our institutions his children were not there.
“When Raila fought for Devolution and formulated policies that Kenyans are enjoying today, his children were not there. Now Raila is calling for Kamukunji to stop the Dictatorial government, we don’t need his biological children around just like before when he Sacrificed his life for this Nation. We are all Raila’s children. He is our father and we adore and respect him. We are ready to demonstrate if Raila says so,” they asserted.
Ichungwa, while speaking at Embu University during an inter-denominational church service on Sunday, said Azimio should not involve hard-working Kenyans in their planned demos slated for this week.
“Bring your children whom you have taken to EALA and those who are at home to the protests you wish to stage,” he said.
Ichung’wah mentioned Azimio leaders’ children in reference to the coalition’s party leader Raila Odinga’s daughter Winnie Odinga and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka’s son Kennedy who was recently elected to the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA).