Duale rubbishes impeachment bids ‘of no consequence’

October 1, 2015 3:25 pm
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The over 30 legislators led by Leader of Majority Aden Duale dismissed the motion by Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter pushing for the impeachment of Waiguru/FILE
The over 30 legislators led by Leader of Majority Aden Duale dismissed the motion by Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter pushing for the impeachment of Waiguru/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 – The Jubilee Coalition has discredited two impeachment motions targeting President Uhuru Kenyatta and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru as lacking substance and of no consequence and only meant to shield ICC fixers.

The over 30 legislators led by Leader of Majority Aden Duale dismissed the motion by Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter pushing for the impeachment of Waiguru over alleged corruption at her ministry saying it was a diversionary tactic by the opposition who have been accused of being behind Deputy President William Ruto’s woes and bent on splitting the Jubilee administration.

“We want to confirm that Alfred Keter does not represent the views of the members of the jubilee Coalition, he does not speak for us. His history within our coalition is known to all and sundry from the Standard Gauge Railway to what happened in the weighbridge in Gilgil,” said Duale

While accusing the Nandi Hills MP of being a mole and serving the interests of the opposition Duale rooted for Waiguru insisting she was a whistleblower saying Keter was being used to divert attention from the pronouncements by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria linking powerful opposition legislators to the recruiting of witnesses to fix Deputy President William Ruto.

“We know Keter is speaking for some very dark forces. They want to run away from us and hired the services of a renegade (Keter) — the impeachment motions against President Kenyatta and Waiguru are designed by forces within CORD to shift attention from its leadership,” added Duale.

The majority leader laughed off CORD’s move to form a committee to draft the impeachment motion saying this was evidence of its downfall since all they needed were 117 members to support the motion.

“You do not need a committee to be chaired by Orengo!” he quipped adding that “the impeachment of the President is not a walk in the park—it is not a birthday party.”

He claimed that CORD legislators had Wednesday walked out on the party’s Parliamentary Group meeting after they were forced to pen their signatures in support of the motion saying it was a ‘sad state of affairs’.

“You cannot put a gun on the head of members to sign. It was sad for Raila (Odinga) and Kalonzo (Musyoka) to go with a sheet of paper for members to sign–that is not the democracy they stand for. Motions are signed in the precincts of Parliament,” he further stated.

He dared the opposition to bring the motion saying it will fail.

He joked that Keter had been contracted by opposition and when he was done with ‘business’ he would then tow the party line.
“He is just doing some business; we know he will come back to us when he finishes. So the 216 of us including Keter will deal with those impeachment motions,” joked Duale.

He further expressed confidence ODM Party Chairman John Mbadi’s bid to have President Uhuru Kenyatta impeached would not even see the light of day as the opposition did not have the numbers to meet the required threshold of 117 members (one-third of all members of the National Assembly).

The MPs said they were ready to stand by the President based on his track record maintaining that they would turn the impeachment motion into a motion of confidence for the President and would forge a united front to vote against Mbadi.

Deputy majority leader in the Senate Charles Keter (Kericho) allayed statements that the Jubilee coalition was in disarray, following the public spat between Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and Deputy President William Ruto insisting that the ruling coalition was intact.

“Our decision to be in Jubilee is final. We made a decision long time ago and we said we are going to support President Kenyatta in 2017 and the Deputy President in 2022,” he stated.

Duale also stated that the House Business Committee had yet to receive the purported impeachment motion further dismissing Keter’s statements that he had gathered 94 votes among them Jubilee MPs.

“None of our members has signed the motion proposing the impeachment of Waiguru,” he said.

Mbadi is still working on his motion and it is expected that it will be filed next week.

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