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Linturi wilts under Jubilee pressure to drop Waiguru motion

08 June 2014, 18:03 William Korir

Nairobi - Igembe South MP Mithiki Linturi is wilting under pressure to drop his impeachment motion against devolution secretary Ann Waiguru and has apparently agreed to do so.

The MP has been under pressure in the last couple of weeks over his decision to file for Waiguru's dismissal over alleged abuse of office.

Last week, a Jubilee parliamentary group meeting resolved to have the matter shelved, with Linturi asked to go back on his plea.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaking in Meru Saturday, had also asked that the story be put to bed.

With his deputy William Ruto also taking the same liner, as well as other coalition leaders, Linturi has of late cut a forlorn figure in his quest to have Waiguru sacked.

A source close to top Jubilee ranks told News24 that Linturi had at last been convinced to drop the motion for the sake of unity in the coalition.

" He will drop it, that I'm sure of, the source that did not want to be named said.

" The pressure has been too great and he has been spoken to nicely by the president and the deputy as well as leaders from the Senate and parliament, it added.

And speaking Sunday in Thogoto, Linturi admitted to re-considering his stand on the matter.

" I need time to look at the matter again. I will get back to my brothers this week and we will see the way forward, he said.

Probed on whether he had been forced into a corner, Linturi insisted that the choices made will be for the good of the country.

" I have been told that I have caused unrest and stress in the coalition and I do not want it to be like that, he added.

Waiguru has been supported by the Kenya Union of Civil servants who feel the motion to impeach her is a witch-hunt.

Women leaders in parliament and the senate have also backed her in the face of what some have called a ploy to reduce the number of women in top positions.

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