NAIROBI, Kenya, May 22 – Jubilee Coalition Leaders in Parliament on Wednesday distanced themselves from a Motion seeking to remove Devolution and Planning Secretary Anne Waiguru from office.
Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki and his counterpart at the National Assembly Aden Duale affirmed that the Motion by Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi had not been endorsed by the coalition.
“When you see Aden Duale and Kithure Kindiki, we are the official spokespeople of the Jubilee Coalition,” Kindiki explained. “So for the avoidance of doubt if, Duale and Kindiki have not spoken, then the political troops of Jubilee have not spoken.”
Duale stated: “As of now… and get me right, that motion is not a coalition motion.” He added that after internal talks, “we will give the country the way forward.”
Their stand came moments after seven TNA legislators led by Kabando wa Kabando (Mukurwe-ini) and Jamleck Kamau (Kigumo) questioned the motive of the censure motion, claiming that Waiguru was being used as a scapegoat.
The MPs who rushed to the defence of Waiguru, said Kiplimo Rugut’s transfer had been sanctioned by the Central Posting Unit that comprises Principal Secretaries from the 18 ministries and chaired by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua which is responsible for the transfer of all senior public servants.
“The President and the Deputy President were well aware of the changes and therefore if somebody has any issues to do with these transfers, instead of looking for a scapegoat in Waiguru let them ask the President and Deputy President of this country,” Kamau said.
“This motion is going to the full House without the said Rugut or Waiguru having a chance to tell their side. So we are asking… who is the complainant in this matter; who is this shadowy mandarin pulling some strings?” posed Kabando.
Kiambu MP Jude Njomo – who is among those who had supported the petition – announced he has withdrawn his signature claiming that he had been misled.
“I signed that document on the understanding that this lady is sacking people from the ministry using text messages. But now I have enough information and enough grounds to withdraw my signature from that list,” said the first time MP.
Parliament’s Standing Standing Order 16 (4) which outlines the Procedure for the Removal of a Cabinet Secretary however states that any signature appended to the list as provided under Motion shall not be withdrawn.
Linturi is accusing Waiguru of irregularly engineering the transfer of Rugut as Director General of the National Youth Service and former Youth Enterprise Fund Chairman Gor Semelang’o.
He filed the Motion in Parliament on Tuesday to compel President Uhuru Kenyatta to dismiss Waiguru for alleged gross misconduct and violation of the constitution.
Majority of the 136 MPs who have so far appended their signatures in support of his motion are from TNA.