Lessons learnt from the Pangani six
By veronica Onjoro
| June 21st 2016
Eight important (VIP) and honorable M P's and a senator were last week incinerated for 3 days in police cells for allegations of inciting the public and dangerous utterances. There are very many lessons Kenyans can learn from this incident.
First, the men were put in one cell. They were peaceful and there was no conflict among them, instead Senator Muthama and Moses Kuria became friends. In the courts MP Bahati fell sick and was attended to by Senator Boni Khalwale.
Can Kenyans of different divide CORD and TNA share a cell? No they will fight to death. The three TNA members and three CORD members shared the same facilities that ordinary Kenyans use in police cells and got a taste of what ordinary Kenyans go through and to quote lawyer Khaminwa who said the cells were filthy and emitted a foul smell.
It is the Legislator’s duty to make laws which will make cells favorable for human habitation. Example is building toilets at every police cell in Kenya. Former Vice president Moody Awori is remembered for reforms in the prisons and I hope this will be their agenda the moment they will go to parliament.
Kenyans depend on them to pass laws which make Kenya a better country. Also the law should not allow MP's or ordinary Kenyans to be confined in a police cell without bond. No more orders from above. Another important lesson the M P's and senator learnt is that freedom is precious and peace is good for them and the country.
Everyone has learnt a lesson from the Pangani six and the Muthaiga two. Nationhood is possible but it takes enlightened elite to achieve it. It should be politics about the equitable distribution of national and county resources not ethnicity or politics of pesa nane. What does it profit a man of he should win the whole world but lose his soul?
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