More ODM MPs call for Waiguru sacking
29 June 2015, 13:58
Nairobi - More ODM MPs have called for the sacking of Devolution CS Ann Waiguru over corruption allegations at the National Youth Service NYS.
Led by party treasurer Timothy Bosire, the leaders say that the fact that the NYS is under investigation from the Central Bank and other senior authorities means that Waiguru is not doing her job well and must be held to account.
Waiguru has been under pressure from the opposition to quit after a report claimed that the loss of KES 826 million at the NYS needed to be looked at.
ODM ad CORD leader Raila Odinga has been at the forefront of the calls.
Waiguru though has been defended by State House over the allegations, with the house on the hill claiming that she is one of the more progressive CS's in the country.
Full ODM statement.
We want to begin with sentiments of two leaders who spoke about ten years apart about the scourge of corruption in Kenya.
One said this: But while corruption is a problem we all share, here in Kenya it is a crisis- a crisis that's robbing an honest people of the opportunities they have fought for- the opportunities they deserve.
The other said this: Let the truth be told, unless we fight corruption together, unless every Kenyan joins my government in the war on graft, then we will not win it.
The second statement was made by President Uhuru Kenyatta in address to the nation on 1st June 2015.
The first statement was made by then Senator, now President Barack Obama in his speech at the University of Nairobi in August 2006.
It is one of the ironies of the Jubilee administration that a president who has publicly appealed for support in the war of corruption has turned around to question the oppositions support in the war on corruption and seen it as a dalliance with foreign powers.
We find it extremely odd that the governing coalition now views our support for war on corruption as a scheming against it with president Obama.
We wish to set the record straight and clarify the terms of our support for the war on graft.
We wish to urge jubilee to treat the corruption scourge as a domestic governance issue that requires urgent attention because it compromises our security and economy as a nation. The US and President Obama lose nothing.
We wish to remind Jubilee and President Uhuru Kenyatta that President Obama is only too familiar, personally, with Kenya's corruption problems.
That is why he made the remarks he made on corruption, terming it a crisis when he visited in 2006.
But it is not only the corruption in Kenya that president Obama is familiar with. President Obama is familiar with the tribalism, patronage and politics of exclusion that has been part and parcel of this country for the last 50 years.
President Obamas father, Obama senior was a victim of this politics of tribalism and patronage and president Obama knows it. He captures it in his book Dreams from my Father. He talked about it in his speech at the University of Nairobi in 2006. Regarding the fate of his father Obama said:
“And yet I discovered that for all his education, my father's life ended up being filled with disappointments. His ideas about how Kenya should progress often put him at odds with the politics of tribe and patronage and because he spoke his mind, sometimes to a fault, he ended up being fired from his job and prevented from finding work in the country for many, many years”.
It is clear from these that Obama knows Kenya and its politics of tribalism, exclusion and patronage only too well and does not need any induction.
His surprise may be that it continues to date. He might be glad that we have taken up the struggle against corruption and exclusion, a fight that begun long before he announced his plans to visit Kenya and will continue long after he leaves.
With that we wish to take the president and the jubilee administration back to our irreducible minimum. For us to take the president seriously on his stated commitment to fighting corruption he must;
1: Reposes the title deed for Weston hotel land, return it to the public and commence the prosecution of all those who grabbed the land.
2: Suspend the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution over corruption allegations at NYS and institute thorough forensic audit into NYS finances, procurement systems, curriculum and ethnic, regional and gender composition.
3: Unveil a program for balanced and inclusive appointments to public service positions that takes into consideration the need for affirmative action particularly in favour of the marginalised and minority communities.
Until these happen, we shall continue with our crusade against corruption and politics of tribalism in the just belief that jubilee is going all out to cover corruption rather than fight it and the president is the patron of the cover up club. In the interest of Kenya, we shall not be kind to him as long as he is part of the cover up.
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