By Calvin Osiemo
Following the exposure of financial misappropriation at the Ministry of Devolution under the watch of embattled Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru, a division has emerged within the ruling Jubilee Coalition over the matter with some legislators calling for the resignation of the CS while others strongly defend her. This follows a series of calls from a number of leaders urging President Uhuru Kenyatta to sack CS Waiguru if she fails to resign. With pressure mounting on Ms. Waiguru to step aside to pave way for investigations, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale along with other Jubilee affiliates have come to the defense of CS Waiguru asking her to stay put and not to give in to pressure to resign.
The sword has now been turned onto Planning Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti for releasing the dossier indicating the inflated expenditure at the ministry.
In a press briefing held at the main Parliament buildings accompanied by ten MPs, five of them senators, Duale said that all these are political gimmicks aimed at distracting the President and his Deputy from delivering their promises to Kenyans. He asked them to ignore the distractions and continue with their work.
“We have noticed a trend of powerful brokers/vendors trying to use public officials to drive a corruption narrative against government. We ask the President and the Deputy President to keep their focus on delivering the promise they made to the Kenyan people and forget all these political shenanigans going around. Uhuru Kenyatta is the President of Kenya. No individual or entity can coerce or intimidate the President in the discharge of his duties,” said Duale
On Thursday, Jubilee MPs Kabando wa Kabando (Mukurweini), Mithika Linturi (Igembe South), Humphrey Njuguna (Gatanga), Peter Gitau (Mwea), Joseph M’Eruaki (Igembe North), Kanini Kega (Kieni) and Kigo Njenga (Gatundu North) have since asked the President to sack Waiguru after a series of scandals have been leveled against her.