NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 21 – Jubilee MPs have told CORD leader Raila Odinga that he has no moral authority to comment on corruption matters in the country.
Led by Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau and his Dagoretti South counterpart Denis Waweru, the Mps asked Odinga to first account for the ‘Pesa kwa Vijana’ funds allegedly squandered during his tenure as Prime Minister before speaking about NYS corruption claims.
“I was there during the inception of the ‘kazi kwa vijana’ program and we had a really difficult time with it because the youth were working hard but the money was going into someone else’s pocket,” Kamau alleged.
On his part Waweru said that “When he (Raila) was the Prime Minister, pesa kwa vijana was under him. Before you (Odinga) open your mouth on this issue, tell us where that money is.”
The MPs were reacting to a statement by the former Primier who has waded into the NYS alleged scam, demanding that Devolution CS Anne Waiguru be investigated.
They rallied behind Waiguru urging her not to be intimidated by people they described as “idle” and only out to derail the Jubilee administration’s agenda.
Waiguru insists that she is clean on the matter and has already invited the CID to carry out a thorough investigation on the matter involving some 826 million shillings.
They said that the work done by the National youth service could not be compared to the initiative by the former PM because of the sharp contrast, adding that development should not be politicized.
“Have you seen the work NYs has done in Kibera? Yet the Former PM was the area Member of Parliament for a long time? Kenyans should not let others take them for a ride,” added Kamau.
They were accompanied by area MP Waihenya Ndirangu (Roysambu), John Njoroge (Kasarani), Samuel Gichingi (Kipipiri), Benson Mutura (Makadara), Priscilla Nyokabi (Nyeri), Rachel Shebesh (Nairobi) and Ruiru’s Esther Gathogo.
They pointed out that during the tenure of the Jubilee administration; over 40,000 youth had been trained and employed by the NYS saying if Waiguru was allowed to finish what she has started, the Kenyan youth will be independent.
They also defended President Uhuru Kenyatta over accusations that the Jubilee government had failed in guaranteeing the security of Kenyans, saying the government’s efforts have been felt “because even the United Kingdom has lifted travel advisories in parts of the country, including the coastal town of Mombasa.
The MPs who were seemingly trying to win back the president’s confidence since the rejection of nominee to the position of Secretary to the Cabinet Monica Juma, had nothing but kind words for the head of state, saying the issue of Juma should now be dispensed with.
“We have put a closure to the Monica Juma issue and we want to state that we are firmly behind the President in all he does,” said Ndirangu.
Nyokabi defended the rights of women in their quest for equal representation saying they should not be undermined and their vote seen as a lesser vote.