Ngilu: Waiguru favored in graft war

10 Oct 2015 | by GW Reporter
Ngilu: Waiguru favored in graft war

Citing the National Youth Service scandal, Mrs Ngilu questioned the justification of hauling her to court on “flimsy charge” of withholding a ministry file when Ms Waiguru was still in office after having admitted that funds amounting to Sh800 million were lost through corrupt dealings..............

Citing the National Youth Service scandal, Mrs Ngilu questioned the justification of hauling her to court on “flimsy charge” of withholding a ministry file when Ms Waiguru was still in office after having admitted that funds amounting to Sh800 million were lost through corrupt dealings. “When you look at my court charge sheet, you simply see the double standards and the president must realize that failure to treat his ministers fairly and equally will derail and compromise the war on corruption” the CS said. 

The minister said she was disappointed to learn that within Jubilee family, there are the favored kids who are “sacred untouchables” like Ms Waiguru and others like herself who are left to suffer public humiliation on their own. The Lands, Housing and Urban Development cabinet secretary claimed President Kenyatta was overseeing an administration that selectively decides who faces the law in matters corruption. “I know the government code of ethics prohibits cabinet secretaries from discussing such matters but I can’t keep quiet when things are getting out of hand. All am asking for is fairness not favoritism” she said. She said her prosecution on allegations of obstructing justice by Ethics and AntiCorruption Commission was not sufficient basis for her suspension and that it become clear to all Kenyans that it was motivated by malice. The fierce lioness of Ukambani politics said her court case was doomed to crumble soon and that she will be vindicated as no single cent was lost under her watch at Arthi House. Mrs Ngilu who has kept a low profile since her suspension from the cabinet in June claimed that “the anti-graft agency was working at the behest of certain powerful individuals to nail her at whatever cost”. “EACC did investigations for weeks but

failed to get any evidence linking me to corruption in my ministry but because they had to ensure that am prosecuted to justify my suspension, they pressed funny charges against me” she said. Earlier in the week, she hosted an inter denominational prayer meeting at Muslim Secondary school grounds in Kitui where she criticized the president for shielding Ms Waiguru from graft investigations. The prayer rally presided over by Rev Simon Muoko of the Anglican Church of Kenya was Mrs Ngilu’s first public meeting in Kitui since losing the senatorial election to David Musila in last elections.  In the interview, a visibly agitated politician narrated how she sacrificed her political career in support of Jubilee leaders only to be humiliated out of government. “I went round the country vigorously

campaigning for Jubilee government and even lost election for standing with Uhuru but what is happening today is something I never imagined can happen” she said. She added: ‘’Some of us do not even know why we’ve been taken to court but very soon justice will prevail and we will continue demanding that the government delivers on its election campaign pledges”. The Narc party leader spoke two days after Cord leader Raila Odinga accused President Kenyatta of shielding Ms Waiguru from claims of corruption in her docket and demanded her resignation. The funds were lost through fraudulent deals allegedly involving 21 officials. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has recommended that the individuals be prosecuted. Mr Odinga asked the President to suspend

Ms Waiguru if indeed he was committed to wiping out corruption in the government, claiming her name was dropped from the list of suspected corrupt senior government officials that was handed over to Parliament. He maintained that Ms Waiguru was aware of the scandal, and protecting her from facing the law is a mockery of the war on corruption. Mrs Ngilu’s speech was a telling signal of souring relations as she declared that the 100,000 votes which Jubilee coalition got from Ukambani region helped him escape the presidential election runoff in the 2013 general elections. The CS who served as Kitui central MP for 20 uninterrupted years said the Kamba community must shun any attempts to divide them and unite in demanding fair treatment of their sons and daughters being hounded out of top government offices. She told the crowd she was grateful to her longtime political rival Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka for standing by her in these tribulations saying time had come for the community to speak with one voice. Kitui south MP Rachel Nyamai and the clergy urged the minister to challenge Kitui Governor Julius Malombe in the next elections but she avoided making public her next course of action only preaching unity among leaders. Like the proverbial cat with nine lives, Mrs Ngilu has many times been thought to be on her last, but managed to escape the political death-trap over similar graft allegations in her previous dockets. 

However, this time round and for the first time in her career as a cabinet minister she was hauled to court after being forced to step aside ago making bigger the task she has to surmount because she may have to stay in the cold until the courts clear her. “We’ve got less than two years remaining for the country to go back to elections and yet we’ve got very little to show for. We need to set aside our political differences and take stock of development community” she said. The case is being watched with keen interest across Ukambani because she is sole cabinet secretary from the region but the big question is whether Mrs Ngilu will surmount her current political problems.

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