A visibly agitated Sakaja told the house that elections will not be won by Jubilee by using such underhand tactics. The lawmakers joined hands with their opposition colleagues to tell off Majority Leader Aden Duale over the contentious clause in the President Memo that requires the opposition chiefs to retire in order to enjoy their pension.
Sakaja, who is also The National Alliance Party chairman, termed the clause contained in the President memo as “petty and unconstitutional”. Other MPs from the Jubilee coalition who faulted the President included: Kabando wa Kabando (Mukurweini), Mithika Linturi (Igembe South) and Ronald Tonui (Bomet Central).
The rejection of the memo could not however pass muster as they did not have the prerequisite 233 MPs to curtail the President proposal.
This is the second time MPs from Jubilee have gone against President Uhuru bringing in sharp focus on his grip on the legislator allied to his party. Hardly a week has passed since Monica Juma was rejected as the appointee for the Secretary to the Cabinet.
Sakaja was quoted by a leading daily as saying the Retirement Benefits Bill that required former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and former President Kalonzo Musyoka to quit elective politics as absurd. He said:
"This is an unreasonable restriction. The little money that is due to go to the former Prime Minister and Vice President is not for campaigns. It is for services already rendered. Those who are misadvising the President on this issue to make him look petty and vindictive are not doing us a service," said Sakaja. He noted that the Constitution was very clear about political rights of individuals to vie for elective posts. "The government loses nothing by being magnanimous and giving people their rights. You can't deny people their rights. I know the President well and this does not look like him….."
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