MPs banned from attending, participating in Harambees

National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi. PHOTO/File
National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi. PHOTO/File

National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi, has barred Members of Parliament seeking re-election in the 2017 elections from participating in Harambees starting December 7, 2016.

Members who will contravene the directive risk being sidelined by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in next year’s elections.

The ban comes shortly after a video went viral on social media showing Narok Governor, Samuel ole Tunai, dishing out money in a church fundraiser in the neighbouring Uganda.

Tunai purported to represent President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto in the Harambee and gave the church priest 34.5 million shillings as the president’s contribution and a similar amount on behalf of the deputy president.

The Narok Governor went ahead to give his own contribution of 6.8 million shillings, 3.4 million shillings from his Uasin Gishu counterpart, Jackson Mandago, and another 3.4 million shillings on behalf of deputy President’s aide, Farouk Kibet.

The Kenyan contingent donated a sum of 82.6 million shillings in support of the Ugandan Church in Sebei, Kapchorwa District.

Governor Tunai later clarified to Citizen TV that the contributions were made in Ugandan currency.

Politicians in Kenya are facing opposition from a section of church leaders, especially members Catholic clergy, who argue that they (politicians) use the pulpit to influence members of the congregation negatively for their political advantage.

The debate was initiated by Embu Catholic Church Bishop Paul Kariuki.

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