, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 14 – Ukambani leaders have intensified calls to have suspended Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu reinstated to office.
Speaking during a prayer meeting for the embattled CS, the leaders led by Kitui South MP Rachel Nyamai accused the government of leaving the region out in the cold saying they should be treated as an equal partner in the coalition.
Nyamai implored President Uhuru Kenyatta to reinstate Ngilu to office so as to ensure Jubilee achieved its agenda of issuing three million Kenyans with title deeds stating that the process had since her suspension stalled.
“In the Jubilee government, we can see four pillars: President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP Wiilliam Ruto, Najib Balala and Charity Ngilu. But there is one pillar that is not visible…we know 2017 is near and that is not a problem. Mr. President you promised to issue three million title deeds how will this happen if Ngilu is not in office?” posed Nyamai.
She pronounced Ngilu’s innocence dismissing the accusations of obstruction leveled against her as baseless.
“Bring Ngilu back so that she can empower women and enable them compete with men in business—women are suffering now that she is out,” she added.
Nyamai who is usually soft spoken pledged support for Ngilu in the Kitui Gubernatorial race saying she was equal to the task.
Kitui County assembly minority leader Alex Ng’ang’a also joined the chorus declaring Ngilu’s innocence claiming the tribulations she was undergoing were politically motivated.
“URP and TNA should remember that we (NARC) are part of the coalition. Why are we being sidelined” he said.
“She has been accused of directing her staff not to divulge information relating to the land cases; do they sleep in her house? If you have questions, look for the relevant people, do not target innocent people.”
The leaders praised her work ethics saying she was a hard worker and she should be left to complete the agenda she had for Kenyans.
Ngilu on her part urged the investigation bodies to expedite the process and ensure it was not used for witch-hunt saying she was ready to resume work.
“I support the fight against corruption. But I will not support the selective way of dealing with corruption in this country—if one is corrupt, he/she should be dealt with,” she said.
She defended herself against the accusations that she directed lands officials not to release files to EACC detectives saying she asked her staff not to leave a specific file because she needed the documents for her appearance before Parliament the next day.
“Even if you have not gone to school, can someone be removed from office because of such a reason? I told someone don’t leave the file because I need it for parliament but we will duplicate copies and give copies, is that a valid reason?” posed Ngilu.
Since her suspension and subsequent appearance in court, Ngilu has been bitter accusing the jubilee government of abandoning her and has most recently been seen in various meetings attended by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
She has however insisted that she is firmly in the jubilee government despite those from the opposition claiming she has jumped ship.