Cabinet secretary’s resignation has vindicated us, Nyeri MPs say

By: BONIFACE MWANGI

Three Jubilee MPs from Nyeri who were heavily criticised for demanding the sacking of Anne Waiguru Saturday said that her resignation had vindicated them.

The MPs told the Sunday Nation that all they were pushing for was for her to step aside like the other five suspended Cabinet Secretaries and allow investigations to be carried out in her ministry.

“Sycophants are now regretting their words, and although they called us names thinking we were on the Opposition side, reality has ashamed them,” Mukurwe-ini MP Kabando wa Kabando said.

Mr Kabando said that many people who insulted them should swallow their words, and that there was no way he was going to allow theft to thrive in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government.

Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi also welcomed the move by Ms Waiguru.

She said that although it took her long to resign, she had done the right thing.

She said: “I think it is time those who called us harsh words and accused us of being part of the Opposition to apologise to us”.

Kieni MP Kanini Kega said that their bold move had shown Kenyans that they were the President’s true friends and not sycophants, unlike their critics.

Mr Kega said that he knew that the heat pushed towards Ms Waiguru was enough to make her resign to allow for investigation to take place and that she would return to government cleaner if nothing was found against her.

“We were really fought by many people, more so MPs from the Jubilee Alliance who instead should have supported us so that the name of our leader is not tainted,” he said.

TRUE FRIENDS

Mr Kega said that the three MPs from Nyeri are the only friends of the President and his deputy William Ruto.

The fight among Jubilee MPs from Central Kenya had mostly played out on their WhatsApp group two weeks ago, where the pro-Waiguru group had suggested a radical move – to go after civil servants seen as working with the Opposition, which was vigorously opposed by those who have wanted Ms Waiguru to leave office.

But it took a fresh and vicious twist last week, when youths were mobilised in the anti-Waiguru MPs’ home towns to spread the propaganda that the particular MPs were against President Kenyatta.

The tactic, the Sunday Nation was told, was to get the message spread through vernacular radio stations, which are relied upon as sources of information in the region.

The plans didn’t come to fruition in Kieni, Mr Kega’s constituency, but did in Nyandarua, whose Woman Representative, Wanjiku Muhia, has been consistently supporting the bid to have Ms Waiguru leave office.

Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua went further in his criticism; “The President has been so supportive to our county, and instead of our leaders supporting him, they are fighting him with a lot of vigour just like those from the opposition side, we demand an apology from them.”

But the three MPS from the county stood their ground and called those who were against them “sycophants”.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION