CONFUSION AS NASA MPS SUE GOVERNMENT; RAILA GOVERNMENT OR UHURU GOVERNMENT?

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NASA Party leader Raila Odinga,Senator James Orengo,Ruaraka Member of Parliament T.J Kajwanga and MP Peter Kaluma speaking to journalists outside Milimani Law Courts on Monday February 5,2018/PHOTO BY S.A.N.

BY NT CORRESPONDENT.

141 NASA MPs have sued the government for taking away their firearms and security.

The state withdrew the legislators’ security over their involvement in Raila Odinga’s unofficial oath on Tuesday last week.

The MPs vowed to recognise Mr Odinga as their President and as such speculations evolved on whose government they are suing.

In the petition filed in court on Monday, the MPs say they want the court to suspend the decision until the matter is determined.

They argue that the move puts their lives at risk and curtails their constitutional function as MPs.

“On the whole, the impugned decisions are unlawful, arbitrary, irrational, unreasonable, unfair and made in bad faith.”

The legislators further argue that this is contrary to the rules of natural justice and in violation of their rightful and legitimate expectations.

The MPs claim that on January 30, police officers attached to their detail received oral communication requiring them to return to their respective stations.

According to them, the government did not and has not given reasons for the decision to withdraw their security.

“The decision solely targets members of the NASA coalition and therefore, is in bad faith, discriminatory and partisan,” they say.

“It is a violation of provisions of the constitution which entitles every person to equality and freedom of discrimination.”

Through their lawyer Peter Kaluma, the petitioners further argue that that Inspector General Joseph Boinnet did not take into account necessary and relevant considerations including the fact that the provision of security is a duly gazetted right of state officers serving in parliament.

In his affidavit filed in court, Kaluma says he was not heard before the decision to revoke his firearm was made, which is against the law.

The MPs have sued Boinnet alongside the Firearm Licensing Board and secretary Samwel Kimaru.

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