CORD leader Raila Odinga called on Coast Members of Parliament to join forces with other legislators to shoot down the Land Bill in Parliament.
Odinga said the community land bill 2015 is a ploy by the Jubilee government to return the management of community lands back to the National Government through lands cabinet secretary, contrary to the new constitution.
Speaking on Saturday in Kilifi County during the burial of former Bahari Member of parliament Benedict Gunda at Kizingo-Chonyi , the former Prime Minister said the Constitution has devolved all land issues to the county governments.
“We know the Jubilee government did not support devolution from the beginning and that is why they hatched a scheme to come up with the new bill to again transfer the land management back to Nairobi. That is what you as MPs from this region should be on the lookout for,” Raila Said.
He also challenged Coast legislators to give hope to the community on issues of land by ensuring the Bill fails to go through in Parliament.
“You carry the hopes of the coastal people and the only favor you can return to them is by making sure that the community land bill does not see the light of the day,” added the former Prime Minister.
He said Coast region had suffered so long in terms of historical injustices, with land issues leading the pack during the previous and even the current regimes.
“From the previous regime until the current one led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Coast has not had a reprieve in terms of historical injustices with land majoring in all aspect,” Raila Odinga said.
Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi who accompanied Raila during the burial termed the land bill as suicidal for the coastal people if it goes through and asked MPs to shoot it down.
“We know you are very aggressive and with a proper understanding of the genesis of the land problems in the region since time immemorial, the only option is for us to join forces and shoot it down,” he said.
The governor said coastal people were keenly following their legislators actions and that it will not augur well if they fail to stop the bill.
“We are watching. If you fail to mobilize your colleagues and shoot it down, then we will be waiting for you here. The verdict of the electorate might be harsh on you,” said Mr Kingi.
Parliament minority chief whip Thomas Mwadeghu tasked his fellow legislators to make sure they gang up and mobilize other colleagues to ensure the bill flops on the floor of the house.
“If we fail to shoot the community land bill 2015 down, then were are doomed. We should forget being elected in the 2017 general election. I am sure the judgment on us by the electorate will be harsh,” said Mr Mwadeghu.
Others who attended the burial included Kilifi senator Stewart Madzayo, his Voi counterpart Dan Mwazo nominated senator Emma Mbura, Kaloleni MP Gunga Mwinga, Kilifi Soth MP Mustapha Iddi, his Kilifi north MP Gedion Mungaro, Mombasa deputy governor Hazel Katana, Rabai MP William Kamoti, Kilifi women representative Asha Jumwa and her Mombasa counterpart Mishi Mboko, Kinango MP Gonzi Rai, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sharrif Nassir, and Kisauni MP Rashid Bedzimba were also present.