Wetangula Causes a Storm After Senators Blocked From Leaving Airport

  • Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula during a session in the House on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
    Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula during a session in the House on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
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  • Bungoma Senator, Moses Wetangula, has lamented that his colleagues were last week blocked from leaving the country through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

    Wetangula on Tuesday, January 25, stated that he received calls from colleagues who had been informed that they would not leave the country for a training they were to attend in South Africa.

    The Bungoma Senator alleged that the Senators and staff members were injuncted from flying out of the country because of pending business in the House.

    Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot during a session in the House on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
    Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot during a session in the House on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
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    He claimed that luggage belonging to the Senators and their staff were offloaded from the plane after they had been cleared to travel.

    Wetangula sought clarification from Speaker Kenneth Lusaka over the alleged injunction, claiming that the instructions had been issued by the Executive arm of the government.

    "Mr Speaker, the Senator for Kwale was traveling out of the country with his family. He was stopped and sent back home, they didn't travel," Wetangula stated.

    His worries had previously been raised by his Kericho counterpart, Aaron Cheruiyot, who also sought clarification from the Speaker on why members of the Senate were being blocked from going about their businesses especially out of the country.

    He also noted that the directive barring Senators from leaving the country was also affecting families.

    The Senator blamed the Executive for the travel injunction, accusing it of sending a list to the immigration department to stop the lawmakers from leaving the country.

    Siaya Senator, James Orengo, noted that the matter raised was of great concern and suggested that it be raised properly in the House for the Senators to debate it and seek answers.

    "I have a situation myself where I was removed from the plane under the old Constitution. Mr Speaker, I would rather we bring the case properly under the House and then we can pursue the office at the airport properly on where they got those instructions," stated Orengo.

    "If a member of staff was stopped by the Executive, it is our responsibility to defend them as a House."

    Siaya Senator James Orengo during a session in the House on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
    Siaya Senator James Orengo during a session in the House on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
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