Cord legislatorsSaturday accused the Jubilee administration of working behind the scenes to auction Kenya to foreign investors “through underhand deals and uncertified grants”.
The politicians, who included Siaya Senator James Orengo, cited President Uhuru Kenyatta’s recent visit to Nigeria where he allegedly signed oil deals, and the current visit by the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, as some of the machinations to engage the country in deals that could hurt it.
Mr Orengo and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed said there is no reason why Nigerian barons should be engaged in oil drilling and prospecting in Kenya.
“As Kenyans, we want to be told which deals the President signed during his recent visit to Nigeria,” the legislator said.
Mr Orengo said there was much potential to harness the oil resource locally. “Kenya has the potential of being a major oil producer in Africa because we do not only have deposits in Turkana but also in several areas of former Nyanza province. We must therefore know what is going on when deals are being signed,” the Siaya Senator said. He observed that the delegation that went to Nigeria did not reflect the face of Kenya.
Ndhiwa MP Agostino Neto scoffed at the current visit by the Chinese Premier, saying the country is known for bringing in substandard labour force.
“We know that China does not always bring qualified personnel to the Third World countries,” he claimed.
He warned that they are keenly watching the manoeuvres by the government in respect to the said oil deal.
They spoke at Got Rateng Secondary School in Kabondo Kasipul constituency during a fundraiser in aid the Kabondo Kasipul Women Sacco.
Among those who attended the function were Homa Bay woman representative Gladys Wanga, MPs James Koyoo, Jared Kopiyo, Agostino Neto, Millie Odhiambo, Ken Obura and John Mbadi.
Others were Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti and Isiolo woman representative Tina Galgalo. Ms Galgalo, a TNA legislator, did not comment on any of the issues raised by the legislators.
Cotu Secretary-General Francis Atwoli helped raise over Sh4 million towards the launch of Kabondo Kasipul Women Sacco.
The MPs also questioned the current contracts that the government is engaging in with the visiting Chinese Premier.
“As Kenyans, we are apprehensive of what is going on because the contracts being given to China could see our country auctioned,” added Mr Mohammed.
The MPs also threw their weight behind Cotu claiming that newly-formed Pusetu is a government project. Mrs Wanga said there is no need for the government to attempt to divide the country’s trade union.
“Let Cotu be left alone to represent the workers of this country. How can a body like Pusetu that was formed in 2014 claim to be representing workers? posed Ms Wanga. Both Wanga and Koyoo told Labour minister Kazungu Kambi to keep off Cotu’s affairs.
Mr Koyoo, the Muhoroni MP, claimed that Mr Kambi was being used by some high ranking people in the government. “We are aware of those pushing the minister to antagonise the umbrella trade union body,” added Mr Koyoo.
They claimed that those waging war against Mr Atwoli are only eying the workers funds among them, NSSF and NHIF.
On his part, Mr Atwoli, who made a personal donation of Sh800,000, said that only a few people in the government are out to destabilise Cotu.“I know that not the entire top leadership in the government is against Cotu; only a few individuals,” he said.