MPs Overwhelmed as Thousands of Messages Pour In Following Online Contact Leak

A photo of an incoming call on a cellphone
A photo of an incoming call on a cellphone
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Members of Parliament on Thursday came out to lament after Kenyans blew up their phones with calls and messages in a matter of hours.

The MPs have lamented receiving thousands of text messages from Kenyans who are airing their views on the Finance Bill of 2024.

According to the Members of Parliament, their contact details were leaked online as a section of Kenyans continued to protest against clauses within the bill.

However, the legislators have also lamented having received vulgar messages sent to them as some Kenyans demanded their attention to the sensitive matter.

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“It is true someone must have shared our contacts right from the President down to Members of Parliament. We have been receiving messages. For the record I have received close to 3,000 messages with 50 per cent  of them being very vulgar, “ MP Silvanus Osoro the Majority Whip, stated

According to Osoro, some Kenyans have also taken the opportunity to request the legislators for handouts and work opportunities.

On the other hand, Mumias East Member of Parliament, Peter Salasya confirmed having received close to 5000 messages earlier this morning.

Speaking to the MP stated, that Kenyans needed to confide in the Kenya Kwanza camp who were the majority in parliament and more inclined to vote for the bill.

“There are almost 5,000 numbers here calling me. And some are Kenya Kwanza supporters calling me after they voted for President William Ruto. Why disturb me when I am an Azimio member?” he stated.

Additionally, the Chair of the Parliament Finance Committee, Kimani Kuria confirmed being overwhelmed by the messages and needed to retreat to draft a report that would be tabled in parliament following the views presented by Kenya.

The leader of the majority, Kimani Ichungw’ah, has also come out to defend his counterparts claiming that the voting for the bill was yet, and requested Kenyans to keep their cool.

“This is not the Finance Bill. These are the revenue-raising measures statements. I know MPs have been harassed by the public on matters touching on voting. There will be no voting today," stated Ichung’wah.

However, despite the lamentations of the MPs Kenyans have vowed to be relentless in swaying the legislator’s voting decision on the controversial bill.

National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung'wah (right) receives President William Ruto at JKIA on May 17, 2024.
National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung'wah (right) receives President William Ruto at JKIA on May 17, 2024.
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