Don't allow Waiguru to step aside, President told
24 June 2015, 10:31
Nairobi – Nandi Senator, Stephen Sang has told President Uhuru Kenyatta not to succumb to pressure from politicians demanding Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru to step aside for investigations over the alleged KES 800 million National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.
Sang faulted President Kenyatta’s earlier directive of public officers implicated with corruption to step aside until they get cleared before resuming their duties, saying the move victimizes officers and creates a vacuum in delivering services.
“The threshold adopted for Cabinet Secretaries to step aside for convenience and political reasons is only uncertain. We have to reconsider the unrealistic stepping aside directive and stick to the threshold provided in the Constitution,” said Sang.
The Nandi Senator maintained that Waiguru should remain in office to serve the nation as investigations to establish her involvement in the NYS corruption allegations continue.
“The law provides that the accused is innocent until proven guilty of the offenses committed. There should be fair application of the law not to victimize public officers in fighting corruption,” said Sang.
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Although it is believed that public officers implicated with corruption who don’t step aside may interfere with investigations, Sang argued that it is the work of the independent anti-corruption commission to take action against any officer blocking its investigations.
“We saw the suspended Lands Cabinet Secretary, Charity Ngilu prosecuted for attempting to block the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) investigations into the Karen land saga,” pointed out Sang.
He added that Kenyatta should promptly allow Cabinet Secretaries cleared by the EACC resume their duties on grounds that their absence in office was affecting key decision making for the benefit of the public.
However, he raised concern that the NYS was performing the devolved functions as drainage, garbage collection, construction of toilets for residents among others yet counties already had budget for similar functions.
“NYS received a whooping budgetary allocation from KES 6 billion to KES 25 billion yet the agency is engaging in already devolved functions and it should engage counties to avoid duplication of roles counties have already paid and assigned to contractors,” warned Sang.
He further said Senators from farming counties had requested the National Treasury to allocate more funds to the agriculture sector but their plea was ignored in favor of the NYS.
“I ask the President to consider reallocation of KES 10 billion balance in the agriculture sector like he did giving KES 1 billion to Mumias Sugar Company,” said Sang.
Sang was addressing the press at Parliament Buildings.
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