STATEMENT ON CALL TO VIOLENCE BY MOSES KURIA
Staring failure on virtually every key plank of its campaign in 2013 and sensing disquiet from the people of Kenya, the Jubilee administration is embarking on a familiar and dangerous path taken by similarly failed regimes in Africa and elsewhere across the world.
The remarks of Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria, asking youths in his constituency to prepare to kill all those opposing the NYS project lends credence to our concern that the government has embarked on creating a militia out of the NYS and in various parts of the country as an insulation against defeat that looks certain in 2017.
Mr Kuria has the audacity to utter these words in the false belief that he enjoys immunity and impunity by being the Presidentâ€™s Member of Parliament, being from the ruling coalition and being an associate of the President, who recently tasked him to mobilise MPs to support the nomination of Dr Monica Juma to a slot in the Cabinet.
We are on a familiar path. Our flirtation with the violent youth culture began in earnest in the run up to the 2002 elections in which Kanu youth wingers who were fairly restrained in regard to election chaos were violently evicted from matatu termini and other places where the then ruling party had deployed them to earn a living and intimidate opponents. They had earlier been used in the run up to the first multi-party elections in 1992.
They were replaced by Mungiki youths who caused mayhem in a bloody take over, with indications that they had the blessings of senior Kanu officials then, who are also in the Jubilee government today.
Mungiki came full circle in the 2007-2008 election chaos. They caused untold death and suffering to innocent wananchi, working with, and for people in government then and in government today. They worked in close collaboration with the Administration police, which had been hived off the Police Force.
The pattern has begun again. Moses Kuria is just but the face of the emerging new force for impunity that intends to arm youths to work with those in the NYS to create fear ahead of the 2017 elections and mayhem to return Jubilee to power by force.
We appeal to our people to continue registering in large numbers and prepare to make their statement through the ballot in 2017, the same way we did in 2002, 2007 and 2013 and defeated evil plans.
But we warn Jubilee and those with Mr Kuriaâ€™s mindset that what they are toying with today may be the end of Kenya as we know it in the few years ahead should they proceed with this line of impunity and a false sense of immunity.
No community, no one group must think it has the monopoly of violence or that it has the title deed to this nation. Kenyans will not, and must not agree to be intimidated in their own land. All citizens of Kenya are in this territory by right and not by invitation.
We equally demand that President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Head of State who is guaranteed to safeguard the rule of law and order and protect and defend the Constitution, come out and take a stand on the words uttered by his MP Moses Kuria, who has uttered similarly inciting words before. We demand the immediate arrest and prosecution.