NAIROBI, Kenya, May 21 – Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru has said she is ready to defend herself following a planned censure motion against her on accusations of violating the Constitution.
The Cabinet Secretary on Wednesday insisted that she has always acted within the law in discharging her duties, including when she transferred former National Youth Service (NYS) Director General Kiplimo Rugut.
“The same way that Rugut entered that position is the exact same process that was used to appoint the new Director General into office including a confirmation by the Public Service Commission using the central posting unit.”
“On that particular day they moved a total of 11 civil servants and Rugut was only one of the 11. In the last one year, 104 civil servants have been moved to new posts within different ministries so if I or my ministry made a mistake so did all the other Cabinet Secretaries,” Waiguru said as she defended herself.
The CS spoke a day after Igembe South Member of Parliament Mithika Linturi filed a motion with the Clerk of the National Assembly which seeks to compel President Uhuru Kenyatta to dismiss her for abuse of office.
Linturi in his motion explained that he had already collected over 100 signatures sanctioning the sacking, accusing her of gross misconduct over Rugut’s transfer and the sacking of Gor Semelang’o from the Youth Enterprise Fund.
But on Wednesday, Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire assured that women in the National Assembly were solidly behind the CS and they would defend her once the matter was tabled in Parliament.
“We ask the president and his deputy to protect her. Let us hear their voices protecting her because they know that she has performed. If there are other political issues let us deal with them politically. Let us avoid politicising this matter because we want women to work and work well.”
“So madam CS rest assured that you have our support so, stand strong,” Mbarire urged.
Also defending the Cabinet Secretary was Nairobi Woman Representative Rachel Shebesh who termed the motion by Linturi as confused and accused him of trying to bring a rift within the Jubilee coalition.
Nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro (ODM) who joined the women in supporting Waiguru said that this was more than a political party fight; “It is a fight against women in Parliament” and she warned that they will do anything to ensure that Linturi’s motion does not go through.
The leaders were speaking at a forum on a sexual and gender violence policy that the Devolution and Planning Ministry plans to unveil in the next few months.
Waiguru explained that the policy will incorporate men and boys especially in the communities where the vice is prevalent.
“My ministry will soon be launching a national policy for prevention and response to gender based violence. This will lead to a comprehensive framework to guide efficient responses to gender based atrocities.”
“Moreover we will see to the positive role that men and boys can play in ensuring that gender based violence is completely done away with,” the CS explained.
The Motion filed by Linturi on Tuesday evening says Parliament should impeach Waiguru for abusing the Constitution.
“This House resolves that pursuant to Article 152 (6) of the Constitution, the President dismisses Ann Waiguru from the position of Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning for gross misconduct and gross violation of the Constitution,” The Motion by Linturi – who is a member of President Kenyatta’s Jubilee Coalition – says.