Azimio: We will resort to using alternative means to counter Finance Bill

Azimio MPs led by Minority leader Opiyo Wandayi walk out Parliament as CS Treasury Njuguna Ndungu read the Budget Highlights for FY 23/24 on June 15, 2023. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Azimio la Umoja One-Kenya Alliance leaders have said they have alternative means to ensure the rights of the people of Kenya are not violated under the Kenya Kwanza (KK) regime.

Speaking at the funeral service of former Vice President Moody Awori's daughter Marya Elizabeth Nakhulo at Funyula constituency, the luminaries led by Martha Karua vowed that they would not sleep as the masses were being 'oppressed'.

Claiming the controversial Finance Bill, 2023 which sailed through the second reading in the National Assembly was a symbol of KK oppression, they said they were scheming on how to counter it as it spelled doom for the country.

"We are here on behalf of our coalition boss Raila Odinga to mourn with Awori's family and assure the people of Busia and Kenya as a whole that we feel the pain you are experiencing under the current happenings in Kenya Kwanza regime. Don't despair, we will keep fighting for your redemption and will soon share with you on our next action plan," said Karua who was accompanied by fellow luminaries including Wycliffe Oparanya, Eugene Wamalwa and George Wajackoyah.

The coalition feared that Busia senator Okoiti Omtatah was being vilified by a section of the top KK brigade to drop a court case he filed against the controversial Bill as it had high chances of success and was pro-Kenyans.

They called out on the leaders to drop the underhand attempts as it went against the spirit of democracy vowing to protect the senator, a renowned public interest litigant, who'd a month ago, in Busia, told President William Ruto that he would fight the Bill's proposals in court.

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"Fear not our brother (Omatatah), the Azimio team, and all the level-headed Kenyans are behind you. Don't back down to intimidation to the point of withdrawing the case, keep pressing on for the good of the people who stand to suffer should the controversial legislation pass in its element," said Wamalwa.

Vihiga senator Godfrey Osotsi linked the passage of the controversial legislation by MPs to outside forces that had placed parliamentary democracy under trial.

He feared that most MPs who passed the legislation through the two readings did it out of coercion rather than their own will as it was "known to all that the legislation would bring the cost of life high."

"The passage of the proposals for the Bill which are anti-Kenyans just shows that the National Assembly is under trial, perhaps the clergy should pray for our MPS," he said.

ODM Secretary general who is also Nairobi Senator, Edwin Sifuna said Azimio would "deal" with their MPs who failed to show up or voted for the controversial legislation.

"The area MP of this constituency (Funyula) Wilberforce Mudenyo (ODM), for example, has received a show cause letter to tell not only ODM but Kenyans why he stood against them by failing to show up in parliament on the voting day," said Sifuna.

Other senators in the funeral Omtatah, Boni Khalwale (Kakamega), Wafula Wakoli (Bungoma), Agnes Muthama (Machakos), Muhamed Chute (Marsabit) and Teso North, MP, Oku Kaunya eulogised Nakhulo as a humble daughter from a privileged family who served them diligently with a smile on face.

Awori on his part said Nakhulo was a "joyous kid" who made the family happy.

"She was the peace icon within the family and has made the family hold many friendships," he said.

"She was also philanthropic as she could not let you pass a needy child. It is hard for a father to lose a daughter."

Emeritus Attorney General Amos Wako and longtime Westlands former MP Fred Gumo said they lost a friend in Nakhulo.

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