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ODM distances itself from Keynan’s ‘draconian law’

By Abdulkarim Taraja:

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From left-right: Former Westlands MP Fred Gumo, Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojamoong follow proceedings at the Funeral in of Kabianga DVC Prof Joseph Ojiambo in Bunyala, Budalangi, Busia County on Saturday

Parliament on Friday passed a draconian media Bill that has elicited reactions from a section of Kenyans and parties now coming in to condemn the Bill.

The Bill brought to the floor of the August House by Eldas MP Adan Keynan, who is an ODM Members has also attracted fierce criticism from the party.

Speaking in Budalangi yesterday, ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba flanked by Busia Governor Sospeter Ojamong among host of other MPs distanced himself and the party from the Bill saying Keynan acted in his own capacity as an MP.

“I am the Secretary General of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and what I never said is never the position of the party. The bill by Hon Adan Keynan was personal and not party issue,” said Namwamba.

The Budalangi MP added that ODM stands with the media and promotes media freedom.

Ababu further said that they will take disciplinary action against ODM MPs who support such Draconian laws.

“We condemn that Bill as a party because we value media freedom.” He said.

The leaders were speaking during the burial ceremony of the late Prof. Joseph Ojiambo, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Students Affairs of the University of Kabianga in Kericho County, who died on September 28 at Karen Hospital, Nairobi.

Ababu also called on the government to pay teachers their September salary as ordered by the courts since the teachers acted in good faith to go back to school after the strike.

“It’s a shame for the government to have not paid the teachers their September salary; teachers acted in good faith and the government should immediately pay them their dues,” added Namwamba.

Ojamong on his part said the government should respect the teachers by paying them because everyone is a product of teachers.


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