A section of MPs allied to opposition leader Raila Odinga now wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to ban rallies held across the country by leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto.
Uhuru's directive to have MPs concentrate on development has been ignored by a section of leaders, with some holding rallies across the country over the 2022 succession politics.
ODM legislators now say Uhuru should consider banning rallies held by DP Ruto's team, arguing that besides derailing development, they are polarising the country along ethnic lines.
“Mr Atwoli does not belong to any party and statement he made is very clear. The Building Bridges Initiative is meant to clean up the country’s politics before 2022," Saboti MP Caleb Amisi said on Monday.
“Tanga Tanga is causing a lot of havoc in this country. It must be banned. It is creating an unnecessary climate of tension. We need to stop this outfit before it brings down this country,” he added.
Rangwe MP Lillian Gogo said: “The microphone you use to insult those senior to you... will bring you down. In the next three years, it will be clear who will be voted out and those who want to take the country forward.”
Others MPs present during the media briefing include Anthony Oluoch (Mathare), Samuel Atandi (Alego Usonga), Godfrey Osotsi (nominated), Elsie Muhanda (Kakamega) and Babu Owino (Embakasi East).
“Atwoli is an internationally recognised trade unionist. He also represents workers and it is within his rights to speak his mind on 2022,” said Mr Oluoch.
COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli on Saturday claimed that DP William Ruto will not be on the ballot in 2022, remarks which seem to have angered the DP and his team. On Sunday, Ruto led an onslaught against Atwoli, labelling him 'a prophet of doom'.
Two teams have emerged in the ongoing succession politics, with Tanga Tanga leading campaigns for Ruto while team Kieleweke backing President Uhuru Kenyatta's Big Four agenda and the fight against corruption.