24 June 1999

Kenya: Bagalla Committee Compromised To Release Bogus Report - Galgalo

Nairobi — The committee that compiled the Bagalla Massacre Report was compromised to release a bogus document, Parliament was told yesterday.

Industrial Development Assistant Minister Gurrach Galgalo said the report released last week largely blamed the Oromo Liberation Front for the insecurity in Moyale and the neighbouring areas "yet feuding in the area dates many years back, before the two-year-old OLF was formed".

The OLF is a rebel outfit battling the Ethiopian Government.

Dr Galgalo, who was contributing to the debate on the Budget speech, told the Bagalla Massacre Report Committee to apologise to the public for wasting the government's money. He appealed for more funds to boost security.

Dr Galgalo was ruled out of order when he urged legislators who had been adversely mentioned in corruption scandals, "starting with (Kabete MP) Paul Muite", to clear themselves.

Temporary Deputy Speaker David Musila told him to bring a substantive Motion to the House if he wanted to discuss Mr. Muite. Dr Galgalo said the Budget was frank and friendly to the poor.

In his contribution, Budalangi member Raphael Wanjala (Ford-K) criticised the government for failing to implement policy proposals.

He asked the Vice-President George Saitoti to clear his name "because he is involved in all sorts of scandals" but Mr. Musila ruled him out of order. He asked the government to remove duty on fishing materials.

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