Slum youths protest in support of Waiguru
22 June 2015, 15:13
Nairobi – Youths from Mathare and Kibera slums have staged a demo against linking the Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru to an attempted misappropriation of KES 800 million from the National Youth Service (NYS.)
The protesters wrapped in green T-shirts bearing the NYS logo some ferried in organization’s buses while others trekked waving greenery amid shouting, marched to city centre to express their solidarity in support of beleaguered Waiguru.
The protesters camped outside Nation Centre Buildings, housing a number of media stations for their concerns to be heard.
However, there were reports that an anti-Waiguru youth group had also planned to stage a protest at same time in the city centre thus raising fears of that the two groups may clash and paralyze business within town.
The anti-riot police squad was on standby within town to combat incidents of rowdy protests or criminal acts of looting and destruction of property.
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Reports on alleged misappropriation of funds in NYS has turned political where the Jubiliee coalition leaders have criticized their CORD counterparts of plotting to interfere with government projects particularly the opposition’s call for Waiguru to step aside to allow for investigations.
Deputy President William Ruto, while speaking in Nyeri on Sunday said the opposition will not succeed in politicising the government’s mega-projects and pointed out that CORD legislators tried in vain to stop the Standard Gauge Railway, Laptop project and now the revamped NYS among projects.
Waiguru has distanced herself from the reported corruption and maintained that she quickly stopped the attempted loss of KES 800 million to be irregularly paid to some private companies.
CORD leader, Raila Odinga challenged the Jubilee government to be serious in the fight against corruption.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has launched investigations into the reported misappropriation of NYS funds and the anti-corruption commission is also set to take up the matter.
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