131 MPs now back bid to oust Waiguru, claims Keter

Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter says he now has the backing of 131 MPs in his bid to impeach embattled Devolution and Planning secretary Anne Waiguru.

Mr Keter spoke a day after fresh revelations of wastage in the ministry emerged showing how Ms Waiguru’s office spent millions of shillings to buy goods and services at inflated prices during her first year in office.

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday heard that the ministry spent Sh1.7 million to purchase a touchscreen television set for Ms Waiguru’s office and bought 20 ball point pens for Huduma Centres at Sh174,000 among other expenditures.

Mr Keter on Wednesday told journalists at Parliament Buildings that 40 more MPs had signed his petition following the new revelations.

Of the new 40 MPs rooting for the sacking of the minister, Mr Keter said 30 are from central Kenya and upper eastern region of Embu and Meru counties.

“There are 40 new MPs who have signed my petition making it 131 in total. Many others are calling seeking to sign the list as well. I want to inform them that they can sign the petition at the office of the Clerk of the National Assembly. I kindly ask them to move with speed so that we get a majority to sack this minister,” he said.

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Mr Keter said he was ready to table damning evidence on misappropriation of funds in the ministry in the form of a dossier that will prove that S.8 billion had been lost at the National Youth Service.

“Corruption at the Devolution ministry has reached crisis level. We are losing a lot of money through shady deals at the National Youth Service, Huduma Centres, Youth Enterprise Fund and the IDP resettlement scheme. The entire ministry is riddled with corruption,” he said.

The MP also threatened to lead the public to evict the minister from office. “If by Tuesday Ms Waiguru will not have stepped aside, I will lead thousands of Kenyans to evict her from office,” Mr Keter said.