ODM Wants to Rescue Waiguru from Impeachment in the Senate
In the proceedings for the prosecution of the Kirinyaga County governor, the Senate House Business Committee recommended that a special committee of 11 members be formed to substantiate the allegations against Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru.
Whip Irungu Kangata, who spoke after attending on Friday the agenda of the House meeting, said that on Monday a Special Session is to be held to decide how Waiguru 's case can be heard on Tuesday.
After receiving the communications of the Chairman of the County Assembly of Kirinyaga Anthony Gathumbi, Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka summoned the SBC to inform him about the motion to deny the Governor.
The Impeachment Procedure Act requires the Senate to convene and set up a special committee, or sit on a committee of the whole House, within ten days of receiving its Speaker's resolution from the assembly in order for the claims to be substantiated or not. The Senate must then proceed.
The records that have been sent to the Senate contain, but are not related to the papers sent to the Senate: Kirinyaga County Assembly Hansard Statement of Procedure, evidence of the claims included in support of the motion and the MCAs voted and the charges.
On Tuesday Waiguru was accused of serious abuses of the Constitution and charges of oppressive service. 23 MCAs out of 33 sponsored the petition. The decision was abstained by four other Ward members who assisted in the session.
A friend of opposition leader Raila Odinga signaled that ODM could rescue the defendant Anne Waiguru of the Kirinyaga Senate, who had been accused of the charm of the assassinated county boss.
Whip Mohamed, the National Assembly's show of solidarity is significant, given that members of the ODM were orchestrated to the heights of the scandal of the National Youth Service at Waiguru’s downfall from the Cabinet in 2005.
“Most people don't accept that women should lead there. As the ODM, we value the capacity of women. We want parity because we have seen women running the Government well and they need help, "he added.
They deserve to be empowered. Yesterday, when Junet visited flood victims, he spoke at camp Bandi in Garsen town.
Garsen MP Ali Wario, Galole's Said Hirbae, Isiolo Woman Rep Rehema Jaldesa and Garsen Central MCA Masha Boru accompanied the Suna East legislator.
“Waiguru is a governor, while Raila is a national leader who is free to meet and consult anytime in the Republic of Kenya.
There is nothing bad if they meet or discuss,” Junet said in response to questions on whether Raila had met the governor to discuss this week’s Senate proceedings.
Senate will vote to uphold or dismiss Waiguru’s impeachment by the Kirinyaga County Assembly. Waiguru’s impeachment has, however, placed President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila in a tight spot since she is among the vocal campaigners for the Building Bridges Initiative in the Mt Kenya region.
The fate of Waiguru is now causing political fire and revealing double speakers by lawmakers, a few months after Ferdinand Waititu lost his job as governor of Kiambu after the Senate had confirmed the indictment amid corruption charges.
The allies of Waititu believe that his link to Deputy President William Ruto has been punished. The prosecution of Waiguru has been complex, as she was "politically correct" but faced with a greyhound and left the Cabinet in 2015 unceremoniously for the Sh791 million NYS scam.
The Governor walks a tightrope to maintain his seat, observers say.
Secretary General Francis Atwoli of the Central Organization of Labor Unions has demanded that Uhuru and Raila mobilize their forces to save Waiguru in the Senate.
Sources claim that Raila and Uhuru allies want a chosen commission to look into the expulsion of Waiguru.
But their opponents, including the ones who had sided the Senate in Waititu 's case, including the former Kiambu Governor and late Nyeri Governor, Nderitu Gachagua, would want the plenary to rule. ODM’s assistance shows Waiguru’s evolving fortunes.
Raila has made a prior attack on the then Devolution Cabinet Secretary in conjunction with the debacle in the NYS, but she has credited her decision to follow the recommendation of the doctor in a somewhat lighter role.
"The NYS case obviously indicates that Jubilee is concerned with greed and preferred people's game, but accuses the opposition of doing nothing," Raila read the 2016 document.
“As the government claims to be finally cracking open the case, the silence on Ms Anne Waiguru, the former CS at the centre of this scam, is loud.
The protection Waiguru is enjoying clearly demonstrates that the NYS scam is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s scam and its chief architect, Anne Waiguru, is his protectorate.”
But responding to the unexpected stage, Kenya member Martha Karua, who competed Waiguru in the last elections for governorial seat, said.
"We have political laundromats which seem to be enabling all transgressions of Kenya laws to be remedied and overrun every institution."
Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika rejected Raila 's declaration yesterday, dismissing claims of having conducted a rescue program with Waiguru. "I'll disregard the comment and wait instead for your supporters to act in the Senate on Tuesday," Kihika said.
The former Senate Chiefs Kipphumba Murken said that on Tuesday he would take Raila 's refusal seriously if James Orengo and Whip Mutula Kilonzo Jnr were to advise Senate Chiefs for Minorities to do the correct thing.
"We will treat your declaration as a decoy for now. If, whatever the facts, the government want to save Waiguru, it will be saved, "tweeted Murkomen.
He added, "The Senate can do little if government and Capitol Hill join powers. Both of us are going to create a little noise, quote from the Constitution, and our DC is going to rule it out and call it a 'mueupe kama pamba.' 'I would like to assure Kenyans that the Senate is an integrity Chamber, and that it is justice without fear or favor to the Assembly and the Governor.'
The Norm was accurately told that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission launched a review against the Governor’s administration. Following the allegations listed in the motion on the charges, the regional office in Nigeria said that investigations were stepped up.
"We are concentrating on the misuse of power by the governor by collecting more than S10 million for trips that had not taken place or were not an office.”
In 2015, DP Ruto defended Waiguru during the controversial NYS scam, saying that all the allegations were false and the creation of an opposition to make the government complicit in the battle against corruption. "There are people who like to oppose it all.
Ruto modified his tune and declared Waiguru in November 2016. "Give us an interruption. Those behind corruption of government funds are not able to talk to Kenyans regarding what really occurred. Let's be honest and mark a spade. It's open; government money has been lost, "he said.
"What else do you like when a hairdresser (referring to Josephine Kabura) signs 20 businesses and reveals she was bringing millions actually?”
The DP questioned a main suspect in the scheme and who also connected the fiasco with Waiguru. As Ngilu and Wanga did, Kobia was fairly critical of the MCAs' attempts to impeach Waiguru. They faulted.
"It is regrettable that the term of Governor Waiguru was reduced by the indictment.
This is an indicator that some of us do not value strong women leadership. We are disappointed that the governor is being impeached during fight against Covid-19,” reads Kobia’s statement. Ngilu said: “The travesty visited upon Waiguru is one of the many crooked ways that some people are using to pull her down and we strongly condemn it. You will be vindicated.”
And Wanga added: “I still insist that her impeachment was based on malice and political witch hunt. Anne is white as snow and arguably the most hardworking governor Kenya will ever have. Anne Waiguru is not corrupt.”
But Kenya Women Parliamentary Association Chair and Kirinyaga County Woman Rep Purity Ngirici challenged Uhuru and Raila not to meddle in matters before the Senate. “We implore the Senate to ensure that equity, fairness, due process and justice to the people of Kirinyaga and the governor prevail without undue influence, coercion or duress from whichever quarters,” she said.
Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kangata, who has positioned himself as Uhuru’s ‘blue-eyed boy’, said the House shall ensure the process is free and fair.