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Wetangula Speaks After Attack On Parliament During Finance Bill Demos

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula on Wednesday termed the unprecedented chaos that befell Parliament during the anti-Finance Bill protests as a grievous breach of security and an unforgivable act of violence.

In a statement, The Speaker said that the sanctity of Parliament precincts was violated when Kenyan youth stormed and caused chaos in the premises.

“Indeed, our sacred institution faced a grievous breach of security and an unforgivable act of violence. The events that transpired during the invasion have shaken us to the core resulting in the loss of lives close to the precincts of Parliament,” said Wetangula.

He termed them as people masquerading as peaceful protestors and sought to reign terror on the hallowed grounds.

“Honourable Members, as your Speaker and Chairperson of the Parliamentary Service Commission effects of the invasion of Parliament, the gory images of the wanton distraction of property, and the desecration of the Parliamentary square by people “masquerading” as youth and peaceful protesters, who reigned terror on Parliament and forcefully made their way in these hallowed grounds. It is highly regrettable,” Wetangula remarked.

“I stand before you with a heavy heart and it is my solemn duty to address the gravity of what has occurred. The sanctity of Parliament has been violated, lives have been needlessly lost and the foundation of our democracy has been tested in ways we never imagined. On behalf of the Parliamentary Service Commission and on my own behalf, I send my condolences to the families and friends of the departed souls and wish those who are in various hospitals quick recovery.”

He noted that Kenyans ought to have exercised restraint and carry out the protests without interfering with other activities and non-protestors.

The speaker advocated for mutual discussions in line with the law to enable everyone to coexist.

“Violence, disrespect and wanton destruction of property and blatant attack on public institutions shall not be condoned. I am not a stranger to the conversations that have been going on in this country with regards to the Finance Bill and the general state of the economy of the Nation. I laud the youth of this nation for taking the lead in this discourse and what a privilege to be alive at such a time as this to behold our children engage in and shape the course of our nation,” he added.

He appealed to Kenyans to accommodate each other and work towards a peaceful future by upholding the democratic values in the Constitution.

The remarks were, however, met with criticism from Kenyans online who questioned why the lawmakers did not heed the cries of the public.

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