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Waiguru not off the Hook

 

Ninety MPs have again signed a motion to sack Devolution CS Anne Waiguru, after Speaker Justin Muturi last week set new rules on the removal of Cabinet ministers.

Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter opened a new front to send the CS packing yesterday, saying new grounds for her removal have emerged, following disclosures of corruption in the Huduma Centres projects and the IDP resettlement row.

Led by ODM’s Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba), the MPs said the House has no option but to seek Waiguru’s removal for gross abuse of office and the loss of hundreds of millions of shillings at the NYS.

The NYS is a department of the Devolution ministry.

“We have been intimidated, others have been paid not to support the motion, but we are on course,” said Keter.

Speaker Mutiri threw out the motion after 17 MPs withdrew their support. Keter was left with only 80 MPs, yet he needed at least 88 for the motion to be tabled in the House.

Keter claims the cost of constructing the Huduma Centres was overpriced. On IDPs, Keter says some were given Sh400,000 for a new start while others were given Sh200,000, terming this abuse of office.

Addressing journalists in Parliament, Keter said Waiguru is receiving preferential treatment by the government, adding that she behaves like a Prime Minister.

According to Keter, the ruling made by the Speaker last week is favourable to him, since no one will be allowed to withdraw their signatures from the motion.

Keter alleged a plot by the Presidency to water down his efforts to remove the CS and spoke of a backlash after he surpassed the number of signatures required to file a motion.

He said the majority of opposition MPs has signed the petition, alongside some URP and TNA legislators of the ruling Jubilee Coalition.

“Even my friend Mithika Linturi from TNA has signed the petition and no one will withdraw this time round,” he said.

This is the second time in recent weeks that Waiguru finds herself in the midst of a storm over IDP resettlement.

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