Mutula vowed to rally senators to disrupt the debate on the Third Basis Formula unless Bomet Senator Christopher Langat, his Kakamega counterpart Cleophas Malala and Samburu Senator Ltumbesi Lelegwe were presented to the Senate.
“Mr Speaker, we will not proceed today unless we have those three senators. If we have to seat on this table, we will sit on it,” the Makueni Senator stated to the applause of his colleagues.
Explaining what he feared could happen to the legislators, he claimed that the police could be used to torture or kill them, revisiting what he believed happened to his father, the late Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Snr.
“I was elected in this Senate because one person who was a member of this house was found dead on his bed – Senator Mutula Kilonzo, my father,” he added.
He stated that just as Senator James Orengo was allowed to tell the late former President Daniel Moi that he was misleading the country, the Senate needed to tell President Uhuru Kenyatta that “we will not allow this sort of thing to happen in Kenya”.
Mutula called on the Speaker to adjorn the motion which had already started and summon Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to the Senate.
He demanded that the three senators be freed on bail unless they had committed treason which is not bailable.
“You have to switch off your phone so that you are not followed by the police. When did this become a police state?
“When one member of this house is in trouble Mr Speaker, it doesn’t matter what agenda it is, it doesn;t matter who is winning. What matters is that we are together in this house to conduct the business of the country.
“Who knows what could be happening to Senator Lelegwe as we are conducting business, he could be found in Ngong Forest. They could inject him withng something to kill him slowly. I have seen the pain of death, I have smelt death. I have seen what happens when someone gives you poison. You bleed so much, just like my father did,” he recalled.
At the time of his submission, police officers were still camping outside the homes of Senators Cleophas Malala (Kakamega) and Christopher Langat (Bomet).
Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen had earlier claimed that Samburu Senator Ltumbesi Lelegwe was arrested on his way to the Senate at Riverside area of Nairobi and taken to an undisclosed location.
Many senators joined the call for adjournment but Senator Moses Kajwang’ explained that the debate should be resumed in the afternoon after verifying the status of the arrested colleagues.