Garissa woman Representative Amina Udgoon Siyad said that she declined to attend the meeting whereby the Jubilee MPs were to meet the president of Kenya William Samoe Ruto at State House, Nairobi yesterday. She says the reason why she refused to join her jubilee colleagues is because of integrity concerns.

She also said that she felt it would have been awkward for her to accompany the more than 30 Jubilee MPs to the meeting with no clear agenda. “The reason I did not go to the State House is that if all elected leaders join the government, who will put the government to task on accountability?”, she asked.

“We know he is the president of the country and we respect that. He must let democracy thrive and allow the opposition be. He does not need to invite everyone to his government,” Siyad said

The Garissa MP said she will be loyal to her party and perform her duties in parliament.

“We need a strong opposition to check those in government. There are many issues affecting us and we are needed to act,” she spoke in Nairobi after her colleagues meeting with Ruto.

Most of the Jubilee MPs pledged to work with the government agenda and according to the State House, the MPs said it is time to put political differences aside and work for the people. They spoke on yesterday when they met Ruto and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.

February 9, 2023

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