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Corruption is crippling gains made, says Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi

By Patrick Beja | July 7th 2015
Changamwe member of parliament, Omar Mwinyi [right] addresses teachers during Changamwe constituency education stakeholders meeting at Portreizt in Mombasa. The meeting is to improve performance of Schools in the constituency. Looking on is assistant chairman Kenya National Union of Teachers Kilindini branch, Ahmed Ahmed.27th March 2015. [Photo/Omondi Onyango/Standard]

Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi, who served as national chairman of the Islamic Party of Kenya (IPK) in 1991 before it merged with Ford-Kenya, has called for vigilance to protect the democratic gains made.

"Several youths died in Mombasa during the struggle and many others were maimed by police, who even stormed churches and mosques hunting down leaders of the second liberation movement. Even children joined the struggle after being inspired by IPK but the Government resorted to using hooligans to fight back; leading to deaths, maiming and a trail of destruction," he said.

Mr. Mwinyi (above) said there are clear signs that the gains from the second liberation struggle are being crippled with emerging high level of graft, lack of accountability and disregard to Constitution by senior members of the Jubilee government.

 "The current trends are worrying us again. We are seeing a situation where the democratic space is shrinking fast and concentration seems to be on winning the 2017 polls," he said, adding: "For Kenya to progress, State programmes must serve national interests, graft eradicated and State should not have a monopoly of ideas or ignore the Opposition."

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