Friday, 10 June 2011
BY FRANCIS MUREITHI
Kilome MP Harun Mwau wants an explanation on whether US President Obama consulted President Kibaki before America named the legislator as a drug kingpin.
Mwau yesterday sought a ministerial statement in Parliament demanding that the Foreign Affairs minister explain if Kibaki and the Kenya government was consulted and provided with evidence implicating him in criminal activities before Obama designated him as a drug kingpin.
The MP also demanded a clarification on whether it is President Kibaki who is required to be communicating with President Obama on the matter or he will be allowed to directly communicate with the US president.
Mwau further wants a confirmation on what the Kenya government is doing to save him from being prosecuted under what he described as a foreign law. He demanded to know if the government will be hiring an attorney in the US to represent him. “The minister should clarify whether the government and the AG are going to appoint an attorney to pursue this wrong in order to restore my human rights and civil liberty,” said Mwau. Internal security minister George Saitoti, who is the acting foreign affairs minister, is expected to issue the statement next week.
Last week, Obama listed Mwau as a drug kingpin. Obama issued the orders under the US Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act or the King Pin Act.
The orders were also extended to the Kenyan businesswoman Naima Mohammed Nyakinyua. Mwau and Nyakinyua now join the US list of top seven drug traffickers around the world.
In Parliament, Mwau demanded that the foreign affairs minister to clarify the exact information, report or credible evidence that was placed before Obama to justify the President’s action.
The MP demanded that the minister to table evidence held against him by any person or authority that links him to drug trafficking. Mwau said he also want answers on whether the government will seek the removal or reversal of the US decision arguing that he had not been involved in drug trafficking activity or other criminal acts.
“Based on information that the President of the United States of America has forwarded my name to the House of Representatives and the Senate for confirmation, the minister should clarify what urgent action the government of Kenya will take to prevent both Houses from acting on erroneous information,” said Mwau.
The MP also said the minister should explains whether the same information handed over to internal security minister by immediate former US ambassador Michael Ranneberger and which was tabled in Parliament was the same used to procure Obama’s decision.
He also demanded that the minister to lay before the House all correspondences sent from ministry of foreign affairs to US embassy regarding the drug trafficking and all responses received.