We refer to the Senate’s barring of journalists from covering the grilling of Interior CS Fred Matiang’i on August 19.
The chair of the Senate security committee, Yusuf Haji, ejected journalists from a sitting that also questioned Inspector-General, Hillary Mutyambai, and Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI), George Kinoti.
The DCI arrests of three senators – Cleophas Malala (Kakamega), Christopher Lang’at (Bomet) and Steve (Samburu) – on August 18 caused the Senate sitting. It happened a day the Senate would have voted on the revenue sharing formula.
The trio is opposing government-backed formula that will reduce the amount Mombasa will receive from the Treasury. If a vote took place in their absence, the government-backed formula would have passed.
Senator Mohamed Faki, your presence in the Senate is to represent Mombasa county and the interest of its electorates. The formula may either reduce or add revenue to Mombasa, depending on how the Senate votes.
As Mombasa representative in the Senate, therefore, it is critical that you disclose to the residents what transpired during Matiang’i’s grilling, which is connected to the contested formula that may affect them adversely.
Kindly divulge specific response about police arrests that the CS, IG, and DCI gave the committee, which is yet to be public. We are requesting you avail this information now or when it will be available to you.