August 17, 2018

Waiguru Demands Apology from Raila for Defamation

Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga addresses media in Nairobi...Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga addresses the media in Nairobi  April 1, 2009. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA POLITICS HEADSHOT)

But CORD Premier insist  he has nothing to apologize for and is ready to go to court.
By Calvin Osiemo

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru has warned Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader Raila Odinga over the statements he has been making linking the CS to the loss of Ksh. 791 million at the National Youth Service. Ms. Waiguru has asked Mr. Odinga to apologize over the same or be sued for damages caused by the statements. Odinga had earlier said that he has evidence to prove that the CS had a hand in the scandal that engulfed the NYS and was ready to be taken to court over the same.

“I have enough evidence to confirm to you that money was stolen from National Youth Service, if they like they can take me to court. The government is trying to trade small fish for the big “Mbuta”(fish). It is a cover up,” he said

Lawyer Mohammed Muigai representing CS Waiguru has asked Mr. Odinga to apologize unconditionally and not to repeat such defamatory statements but in a turn of events, Mr. Odinga has said that he owes no one an apology.

Lawyer Paul Mwangi representing Mr. Odinga has said that his client will not apologize and instead said that Odinga is ready for the law suit as it will act as a platform for Ms. Waiguru to explain the NYS scandal.

“Particularly, it is a great opportunity to explain to Kenyans how and why she is receiving preferential treatment from the President in matters of corruption unlike other cabinet secretaries. This is what Raila refers to when he says people are not being treated equally in matters related to the fight against corruption,” Mr Mwangi said.

Mr. Odinga has been quoted saying that the war on graft seems to favour some people and reiterated that the war will never be won if the trend continues asking for justice and fairness to all.

“We will not take the President seriously on the war on corruption until thieves are treated equally. The law must apply on scandals over IFMIS, NYS and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in the same way as the roads and other ministries.” read in part the statements sent to Odinga that CS Waiguru termed as defamatory.

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