December 17, 2017

CORD Joins URP on Waiguru Impeachment Motions


By Calvin Osiemo

It has now emerged that Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) Members of Parliament have joined other URP MPs in a bid to oust Devolution Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru. 97 MPs have signed the motion sponsored by Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter (URP) presented to the Clerk of the National Assembly on Tuesday. The impeachment motion against CS Waiguru is linked to the scandal in the National Youth Service that led to the loss of millions of shillings.

Sources have indicated that some Jubilee MPs are in favour of the motion but will not openly show it. Among the CORD legislators who have signed the motion are ODM Chair John Mbadi and Dagoretti North MP, Simba Arati. Mbadi defended his position saying that he appended his signature just like any other MP.

“I signed it. When I signed, I signed just as an MP. As CORD, we felt we should not waste time as a coalition on Waiguru. Because it is the President shielding her. We felt we should go for the President. One of the grounds against him is actually condoning corruption and selective treatment of Cabinet Secretaries,” he said.

Hon. Arati said that Ms. Waiguru ought to be held accountable for the NYS scandal. He also said that ODM MPs are signing at individual will not as a party.

“As ODM, we’ve left it to individual members to vote using their conscience, but the feeling generally is that if our party leader has been pushing a position that the lady should be held to account. This is the time to hold her to account,” said Arati.

Despite the High Court barring the National Assembly from discussing any impeachment motions Speaker Justin Muturi indicated that they are going ahead with their plans.

“Matters legislative must be left to Parliament. We are an independent arm of government. You cannot tell us not to discuss something because of what someone is doing out there,” he said.

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