NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 – Tens of supporters of Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo braved the chilly weather and downpour on Tuesday as they accompanied him to Integrity Center for grilling.
The supporters forcefully entered the heavily guarded Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) compound despite security guards appeals to stay outside, as the norm and let the Governor be questioned on the corruption allegations leveled against him.
The supporters were carrying banners with ‘My Governor My Choice’ slogans while declaring his innocence.
“Tell his opponents to wait for 2017 and still they will not take this,” they chanted.
Also in the crowd were 15 Members of the Isiolo County Assembly who weighed their support behind the Governor who was grilled for seven hours by EACC detectives.
Bula Pesa ward MCA Moses Kithinji said the Governor was named in the EACC list of shame on weak but political grounds.
“The Governor has the right to appoint people to serve him on personal issues…is it an offence to have your preferred people?” he asked.
The sentiments were also echoed by other supporters who lead the supporters in singing praise songs about the Governor.
Doyo accused his political opponents for the appearance of his name in the Ethics and Anti-corruption commission list of shame.
The governor termed the accusations as trivial saying they are meant to distract him from delivering to the residents of Isiolo.
“It is saddening for the people of Isiolo to have their Governor today in this building accused on some of this very flimsy ground,” he said amidst cheers.
“Today, my people will not look behind their shoulders and think their Governor is involved in any (malpractice). Their Governor is as clean as white cotton. I am sure the people of Isiolo will be vindicated.”
He is accused of fraudulently employing people of one clan and issues of supplementary appropriation budget bill passed by the Members of the County Assembly.
He however explained that majority of the people whom he has been accused were, “absorbed from the defunct County Council of Isiolo.”
“I read a lot of politics in this, a lot of political witch hunt in this…it is very unfortunate that I have been put in a list of something that is very shameful.”
Doyo however said he will support President Uhuru Kenyatta in fighting corruption in the country but cautioned that the war should not be used to achieve political scores.
He is among a list of 12 Governors set to be summoned by the anti-graft agency over various corruption allegations leveled against them.
Four Governors including Nairobi Evans Kidero has since been grilled.