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Keep off Waiguru, women MPs tell Raila

29 June 2015, 10:16

Nairobi - A section of women parliamentarians have said that it is a mismatch for opposition leader, Raila Odinga to attack Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru.

MPs Florence Kajuju (Meru) and Priscilla Nyokabi (Nyeri) on Saturday said Raila should attack his equivalents, who are President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

“Raila should stop attacking women; he should go for his equivalents, who is the President and the deputy. He should leave Waiguru alone,” said Nyokabi

The two women leaders said there is a worrying trend where women who are doing their work well are being targeted by male leaders.

They gave an example of Monica Juma, whose nomination as the Secretary to the Cabinet was rejected by the national assembly, and Charity Ngilu who has been suspended over graft allegations.

They were addressing a press conference at Serena Hotel Mombasa on Saturday.

Raila has called for the suspension of Waiguru and investigation into the NYS corruption allegations.

Read Also: URP MPs want Anne Waiguru to step aside

He accused the government of trying to shield Waiguru from the graft allegations.

“The President has no authority to declare an end to investigations or no investigations whatsoever where the public has reason to believe investigations ought to go on,” said Raila last week.

“Unless the President is party to the murky business going on at the NYS, he must keep off this scandal and allow thorough and independent audit,” he remarked.

Nyokabi and Kajuju said Raila has been claiming to champion for women leadership, but he is the first one to castigate Waiguru and other women leaders in government.

“We know the reason why Raila is bitter; it is because Waiguru has been able to achieve Kibera slum upgrading, what he (Raila) could not achieve in 20 years as the area MP,” said Kajuju.

Nyokabi said she was shocked that some leaders, led by Raila, are fighting against youth empowerment programmes in the country.

“Youth contribute to about 70 percent of Kenya’s population, but some leaders are now trying to frustrate programmes that are meant to empower them,” she said.

She said Waiguru has been transparent in all the NYS programmes.

“She has been very transparent; she should not step aside and if the matter is brought before the national assembly, we will support her wholeheartedly,” said Nyokabi.

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