- The MPs were led out by Minority leader Opiyo Wandayi and Minority Whip Junet Mohammed.
- Junet who addressed the media after the walk out claimed that the budget being read by the CS was a Kenya Kwanza Budget and not a budget for the Kenyans.
Azimio MPs on Tuesday staged a walk out of parliament when Treasury CS Njuguna Ndung’u was reading the 2023/24 Budget at the National Assembly.
The MPs were led out by Minority leader Opiyo Wandayi and Minority Whip Junet Mohammed.
The MPs also made sure that they booed at Ndung’u who had been okayed by the speaker to proceed on their way out.
Junet who addressed the media after the walk out claimed that the budget being read by the CS was a Kenya Kwanza Budget and not a budget for the Kenyans.
The opposition lawmakers, in between chants of “bado mapambano,” seemingly alluded to being sabotaged, alleging that the Speaker had initially informed them that voting was supposed to take place next week.
“We were in chambers when the Speaker said that the debate would happen yesterday and today, the voting was to happen next week…how they ended up voting yesterday is what we are protesting,” said Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo.
His Embakasi East counterpart Babu Owino stated: “We are walking out because the budget has been fuelled by the illegal Finance Bill which increases high cost of living. The government ignored the plight of poor Kenyans. We will use all the necessary means enshrined in the constitution to stop this Government from suppressing citizens.”
Junet also promised to stage a show down next week when the bill is brought to parliament for the third reading.
The most important part of the Bill is coming on Tuesday (next week) for the third reading, we are setting the stage for a showdown. We don’t believe in this government until we get a budget that is people-centered we will not agree.”