Kenya’s National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula Warns MPs Speaking Against Bunge Towers Of Disciplinary Action

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula, who also heads the Parliamentary Service Commission, has issued a stern warning to Members of Parliament speaking against the upcoming inauguration of the Bunge Towers. Wetangula, addressing the House, cautioned that MPs could face disciplinary measures if they continued to comment on the project without sufficient knowledge.

During his address on Wednesday, Wetangula assured the House that the President would officially inaugurate the premises on Friday, dispelling any doubts about the building’s readiness for use. He urged members to disregard dissenting voices, labeling them as “rejectionist philosophers.”

Wetangula highlighted the readiness of the building, emphasizing the functioning high-speed lifts, fully furnished offices, equipped gym, modern dining facilities, and even a digital library offering access to a vast array of books. Additionally, he assured members of allocated personal parking spaces and a convenient connecting channel from offices to the chamber.

Responding to concerns raised by Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi regarding negative publicity surrounding the project, Wetangula stressed the importance of maintaining Parliament’s reputation. He urged MPs to focus on enjoying the facility, which was constructed using taxpayers’ money.

Wetangula dismissed criticisms directed at the project, cautioning members against baseless accusations. He likened those disparaging the project to “rejectionist philosophers,” urging MPs to refrain from joining their ranks.

Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo proposed that any grievances regarding the project should be addressed by the Public Accounts Committee to ensure transparency and accountability.

Earlier, Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei had called for the postponement of the building’s opening until key questions surrounding its construction were adequately addressed. Cherargei highlighted concerns about the fluctuating budget of the project, comparing it unfavorably to the efficient completion of other similar projects.

The construction of the Bunge Towers commenced in 2010 with an initial budget of Ksh.5.89 billion, which later increased to Ksh.7.1 billion before ultimately reaching Ksh.9.6 billion. Cherargei contrasted this with the swift completion of the CBK pension towers, emphasizing the vast difference in cost and time taken.