- MP Alice Wahome is opposed to President Uhuru’s move to appoint military personnel in key government institutions.
- “The role of the military is clearly outlined in the constitution and they should not be engaged in any other business,” she says.
Kandara MP Alice Wahome says she will move to court to oppose President Uhuru Kenyatta’s move of handing over Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) to the military.
According to the lawyer-cum-politician, the move by President Uhuru is inappropriate and sets a bad precedent.
Speaking on Saturday in Kandara, the legislator said Kenya is ruled by a civilian government and as such, the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) should stick to defending and protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the republic.
“The role of the military is clearly outlined in the constitution and they should not be engaged in any other business,” she said.
Wahome accuses President Uhuru of having a hidden agenda in the love-affair with the military.
Uhuru has in the past defended himself against the continuous “militarising the government”. Several serving and retired KDF personnel have been appointed into key government parastatals.
“I am not militarising anything. But it is only a fool who would not use those who can perform to help him achieve his intended goals. I am using reliable Kenyan citizens to fulfill my agenda for this Republic. And the KDF are part of us and are also part of our citizens,” the President said earlier this year.
Some of these public organs include the Nairobi Metropolitan Services, National Intelligence Service, Kenya Meat Commission, KenGen, Kenya Railways Corporation, and Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company.
Wahome insists that this trend is dangerous.
“It started by having General Badi to run NMS and he was also allowed to sit in the Cabinet, the Kenya Meat Commission is under the military and now KEMSA, and this is not right. We have people who are qualified to handle KEMSA or KMC and they are out there looking for jobs,” she said.
“If the military messes up, we cannot call them to Parliament for questioning like we do with the civilians.”