Raila Odinga has stirred controversy after he said that no one wanted to arrest three senators last month over the controversial Revenue Allocation Bill.
Odinga now says that no senator was arrested in a bid to stop them from debating the Revenue formula.
The former Prime Minister claims that the three senators sent the police their Google location pin with a message asking to be arrested.
Taita Taveta County today, the former Prime Minister took a swipe at Senators for applying politics in opposing the Third Generation Formula proposed by the Commission on Revenue Allocation saying that more counties were benefitting compared to those whose money was reduced.
“Some senators opposed the formula even when their counties were gaining because of politics. No senator was arrested so as not to go to the floor to vote, those ones called police to come arrest them. They even sent police a location pin, kujeni mnishike…” said Odinga.
His comments have caused uproar with Team Kenya senators led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen leading in condemning Odinga for his utterances.
Taking to his twitter account, Murkomen said Raila’s comments were astonishing and wondered the what kind of leadership the ODM party leader is offering at the moment.
Murkomen further said that based on his comments, Odinga is no longer fit for presidency, arguing that it would be a ‘terrible mistake’ to elect him in 2022.
The Former Leader of Majority in the senate concluded that it was time Odinga quit active politics.
“If Raila Odinga was to become President it will be terrible mistake. Now he is saying 3 senators called the police to arrest them, take them from Nairobi to Bomet, Kakamega & Samburu to avoid voting. What kind of justice system is this? Tinga has lost his mind he should sanitize & stay home” Murkomen wrote on twitter in reaction to Odinga’s comments.
If @RailaOdinga was to become President it will be terrible mistake. Now he is saying 3 senators called @IG_NPS to arrest them,take them from Nairobi to Bomet,Kakamega&Samburu to avoid voting.What kind of justice system is this?Tinga has lost his mind he should sanitize&stay home pic.twitter.com/eSPUXbErs7
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) September 10, 2020
Arbitrary arrest of three senators
Last month, the police arrested three senators in what appeared to be a ploy to block them from debating the contentious revenue allocation bill.
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala was arrested at his Kitengela home and taken to Mumias police station where he later denied charges of disobeying Ministry of Health protocols on covid-19 for distributing sanitizers and facemasks.
On the other hand, Bomet Senator Christopher Lang’at was arrested at his Nyayo Embakasi home and charged with inciting his community against the Maasai.
Samburu Senator Steve Lelegwe was arrested on his way to parliament and accused of making tribal remarks which led to the clashes in Baragoi.
However, the senators termed the arbitrary arrests a ploy to silence them over the revenue sharing debate that up to date is yet to be passed in the senate.