Azimio MPs oppose 'unconstitutional' positions

National Assembly Opiyo Wandayi. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Azimio lawmakers have threatened to sue the government for creating unconstitutional positions.

The MPs led by Minority Leader in the National Assembly Opiyo Wandayi said it was shameful for President William Ruto’s government to create offices for the loyalists and their families.

Speaking on Friday in his Ugunja constituency, Wandayi said he will raise the matter in parliament.

“I will also move to court to petition this administration for creating positions for their wives. This is totally unacceptable when Kenyans are suffering,” said Wandayi.

The lawmaker who was accompanied by MPs Eddie Oketch (Migori Senator), Peter Salasya (Mumias East) and Nabii Nabwera (Lugari) hit out at the government over their election promises.

“The same people told us that they were not concerned with creating positions for individuals but they are now creating positions like CAS and those of their wives that are contrary to our constitution,” said Wandayi.

He further stated that the CAS positions are currently unnecessary due to hard economic times.

“Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party is alarmed that despite the prevailing difficult economic times that require a rethink and re-organization of government spending priorities, the Kenya Kwanza regime is proceeding with its plans to recruit tens of Cabinet Assistant Secretaries and expansion of the Executive,” he said.

Wandayi, who challenged President Ruto to quit government over his inability to lead Kenyans by lowering the rising cost of living, said they will continue with their push for a better Kenya.

“It is very clear that this regime was not prepared to lead and they have failed to implement all they promised Kenyans during their campaigns,” said Wandayi.

The MP, who claimed that the implementation of programmes such as CBC has failed, called on the government to convene urgent national dialogue to discuss the matter.

“We cannot continue to experiment with our children on matters education and it is high time the government admits that the new curriculum has failed to kick off as had been expected,” he added.

Speaking separately, Alego-Usonga MP Samuel Atandi said the high cost of living was only affecting poor Kenyans and not the Kenya Kwanza leaders.

“President Ruto has only instruments of power but not the legitimacy of the people,” said Atandi, who argued that they (Azimio) are the majority.

While reacting to a recent report by the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Professor Njuguna Ndung’u that President William Ruto and his Deputy have already exhausted their annual budget of Sh8.64 billion four months before the end of the current financial year, Atandi said the government has gone on a spending spree as millions of Kenyans face drought and starvation.

According to records from the National Treasury, the presidency went on a spending spree in December last year, withdrawing Sh2.2 billion against a monthly average of Sh1.2 billion.

Expenses by William Ruto State House have more than doubled to Sh8.85 billion from Sh4.37 billion that had been approved under former President Uhuru Kenyatta, according to records from the National Treasury. At the same time, the budget for the office of the Deputy President rose to Sh2.63 billion.