January 24, 2021

Fafi MP should be behind bars, Tana River leaders say

Former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana flanked by a businessman Maur Bwanamaka during the press conference at Lotus Hotel in Mombasa County on November 13, 2019 where they called on the government to immediately arrest Fafi MP Abdikarim Osman Image: By Raymond Mwakwaya


Leaders from Tana River County have expressed disappointment over the government’s reluctance to take action against the Fafi MP Abdikarim Osman for his inflammatory public sentiments meant to cause discord in the region.

Led by the former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana, the leaders termed his utterances as ‘abusive and criminal’ questioning why he was still walking free four days after publicly making them.

“If it were another person from an area like Tana River, he/she would have been bundled into the cells awaiting prosecution,” visibly angry Mungatana claimed.

Speaking during a press conference at Lotus Hotel in Mombasa County on November 13, he said if the government cared for the people of Tana River, then it should issue an order to arrest the legislator over his incitement statement during a public rally at Bura East on November 10.


In a six-point statement, the leaders condemned the Garissa County Governor Ali Korane and his deputy who in the same function supported the MP’s negative sentiments.

“The DCI must not stop at the MP but we call for the investigation of the governor and his deputy,” the leaders.

Flanked by Maur Bwanamaka, Dereak Amuma and Fares Galugalu, Mr Mungatana took issue with the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji for not ordering the arrest of those accused of inflammatory statements.

“Prosecution of the Fafi MP is of paramount importance for his incitement against the Tana River County and its inhabitants,” he added.

Former MP Danson Mungatana stressing a point during a press conference at Lotus Hotel on November 13, 2019 where he castigated Fafi MP Abdikarim Osman over his inciting remarks about Tana River people
Image: Raymond Mwakwaya


They asked Kanu that sponsored the lawmaker to start disciplinary action against him to serve as an example to other leaders who like to issue ‘toxic’ statements with aview of creating disharmony and animosity.

According to the leaders the legislator has disgraced Parliament and the Speaker whom they want to convene the National Assembly’ Powers and Privileges Committee to take appropriate disciplinary action.

“He has broken the integrity code for MPs and breached the provisions of Chapter 6 of the Constitution on integrity,” they claimed adding that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission should also take action against him.

Because he had preached hate and community disaffection, the leaders want the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to rein in on the legislator for discipline purposes.


In the function at Bura East, Mr Osman was accused of claiming a section of the Tana River County saying it belonged to the neighbouring Garissa County.

 The same sentiments were backed by Mr Korane and his deputy who alleged the Tana River governor was invading his territory and asked him to stop any development activities of the disputed area.

According to the planned projects were on the ‘Garissa side’ insinuating that his administration will push for the abolition of what he termed ‘colonial three-mile rule’ that extended Tana River’s boundary three-mile inside Garissa

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