MRS. OMAMO AND MR. MATIANGI; YOU ARE NOT REASSURING KENYANS
STATEMENT OF CONCERN ABOUT SECURITY SERVICES PLANS TO SUBVERT THE CIVILIAN ELECTION PROCESS
Article 241. (c) of the constitution of Kenya requires parliamentary approval for internal deployment of our Defence Forces.
Article 241 (b) further clarifies that internal deployment of the military can only be in circumstances of emergency or disaster.
In the document titled Operation Dumuisha Utulivu that the military spokesman has confirmed it’s authenticity, the line G of the revealed document referenced KD/OPS/SEC/1212 signed by a Lieutenant Colonel Muye states that “Deployment of NS already OJT at GT and the Coastal regions”. This means this irregular deployment is already ongoing at the coast
I wish to express my disappointment at the statement by the two cabinet secretaries for defence and interior, Mrs Rachelle Omamo and Mr Matiangi, for failing to completely address this serious issue.
They have failed to clarify
1. Why the procedure requiring parliamentary approval in internal military engagement was flouted and
2. How military personnel in civilian engagement armed with stun guns, tear gas canisters, knives, frequency jammers, cutting equipment and other crude assortments are securing the “national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country”.
Recently, it has come to our attention that there are training camps in Shanzu. That training of military personnel is ongoing at the former private school grounds at Shanzu. We have spoken about how Intelligence officers in Mombasa have participated in the circulation of hate leaflets that are asking different groups to leave Mombasa.
It is not only wrong to deploy the military without parliamentary consent, but there is absolutely no reason for military officers in any civilian engagement to have state supplied stun guns, tear gas canisters, frequency jammers, riot clubs and whips. Or to receive training in “crowd control”.
We wish to demand
1. That the military class issue clarification on their neutrality in civilian processes.
2. That the political appointees Rachel and Matiangi calm down and engage the public in a meaningful manner.
I am deeply dissatisfied that Jubilee would choose to take this country down this dark path again. I wish to remind Jubilee, that they of all people should know that accountability extends beyond your presidential term. That this already legally fulfills the standards of “planning and coordinating” international standard crimes. I urge the president and his deputy to exercise caution. To learn from the lessons of the past and other jurisdictions. That in the long run Tyranny will always be vanquished.
And for my NASA brothers and sisters, remember that democracy is expensive. That in the words of Thomas Jefferson, “Eternal Vigilance is the price of liberty”. Viva Kenya, Viva NASA.