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Kenyan MPs call for expulsion of SPLM-11 from a five-star resort

Author : Ayuen Panchol | Published: Friday, June 6, 2014

A group of Kenyan Members of Parliament are demanding expulsion of the former political detainees from a luxurious Nairobi hotel.

In a press release to media in Nairobi on Thursday, the Parliamentary Caucus on Human Rights members say the 11 leaders who were detained and freed by the government were engaging in selfish political re-organization and not helping in the peace efforts.

“The said leaders were to help in the peace process and the negotiations taking place in Ethiopia, and not live in opulence at the expense of the Kenyan taxpayers,” argued the lawmakers.

“They are engaging in selfish political re-organizing that does not help South Sudan.”

They want Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku, who is in charge of the Kenyan national security docket, to expel the leaders and demand they seek asylum by following normal procedures.

SPLM-11 with President Kenyatta in Nairobi in May, 2014.
SPLM-11 with President Kenyatta in Nairobi in May, 2014.

They also criticized the government for accommodating the leaders, saying that “Kenya should not let its territory be used by rebels for political reorganization in the name of the “Third Force” that is housed in Windsor and also by friends and relatives of Dr Riek Machar”.

The MPs added that “South Sudan still has a legitimate government headed by His Excellency Salva Kiir, his problems notwithstanding. Kenya should therefore be working with the elected leaders of South Sudan”.

The former political detainees are being hosted by President Kennyatta’s government at The Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club, a Kenyan 5 star hotel resort.

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