July 09, 2020

Waiguru Stays Put, Says State House

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By Calvin Osiemo

President Uhuru Kenyatta has come out in defense of Devolution Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru after the opposition mounted pressure on her to resign. Mr. Kenyatta has said that he is not going to change his position on the matter. On Friday, CORD principal Mr. Raila Odinga released documents that linked Ms. Waiguru over the tendering process when she was the Director at the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS). Through State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu, the government has said it is not going to take part in petty games the opposition is playing in the fight against corruption.

“The EACC made itself very clear yesterday (Fiday). We will not be dragged into politics. We have made our position known on the matter and there is nothing to discuss about that,” said Mr. Esipisu.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Director Michael Mubea said that EACC is not investigating Ms. Waiguru. He said that EACC should not be dragged into politics and should be left to execute its responsibilities independently without interference. Mr. Mubea refuted claims that his commission excluded names of former officials of the electoral commission who were accused of receiving bribes from a UK company, Smith & Ouzman worth Ksh. 50 million to award contracts.

However, Mr. Mubea said that CS Waiguru will be interviewed on other issues but that doesn’t make her a suspect regarding the misconduct at the IFMIS because the report did not include names of individuals and also the one that involved IIEC.

“The investigation which is being fast-tracked is to reveal the names but that is not to say that Ms. Waiguru will not be interviewed. Even if she is interviewed that does not make her a suspect,” said Mubea.

“It happened that in the course of the investigations some names were mentioned in a London court. We are seeking assistance from the UK government,” he added.

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