Tough decisions to make for Uhuru amidst NYS quagmire
18 September 2015, 09:28
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has tough decisions to make as the corruption saga at the National Youth Service NYS threatens to derail his well thought out agenda.
The President is said to be considering dividing duties at the Devolution Ministry under which the NYS lies in-order to reduce pressure on Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru.
He is also considering removing the NYS docket from the ministry and placing it elsewhere in-order to ease the limelight on her.
Waiguru is a known favourite of the Jubilee government and the President is keen to protect her.
But with opposition leader Raila Odinga not ending his pursuit of the KES 791 million corruption saga at the NYS, the president has some tough choices to make.
Word is, he is looking at Constitutional Implementation Commission CIC boss Charles Nyachae to help out, even though the legitimacy of that move is unknown.
And with public spending in focus in the wake of the teachers strike, he is in need of a break as observers say.
Political scientist Michael Njenga says that it is vital Uhuru seeks an end to the drama at the NYS, one of his legacies as President.
" The NYS is one of the biggest successes of the Jubilee government. It being tainted like it is does not help and especially because focus is on an individual in Waiguru," he says.
" The President has got to make a decision. The truth is that the NYS risks going down as a failed project and with all the investment in it, which would be a disaster, so he has to stem the tide".
" I expect changes to the set up soon, " he adds.
On the other hand, Waiguru has yet to be named as directly involved in the graft, even though as Raila argues, she is the head of the docket and needs to take responsibility.
" The head of the house is responsible when something turns sour. If they say that they are unaware, then they are bad leaders," he said of Waiguru's supposed innocence.
The decison though, rests at Uhuru's doorstep. It remains to be seen what he will do about it.
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