, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – Amani National Congress Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi has urged Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru to step aside to facilitate investigations into alleged inflated costs in procurement of items in her office.
Mudavadi said that the CS should step aside just like other Cabinet Secretaries under investigation did over alleged corruption in their ministries.
“Chapter 6 of our Constitution which deals with integrity states clearly that if there are issues surrounding you when holding a public office, then the logical thing is to step aside and allow investigations to take place.”
He added that by Waiguru refusing to step aside, she was embarrassing the President.
“She is actually putting her boss in a very embarrassing and awkward position by refusing to step down,” he said.
Waiguru has been summoned to report to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission offices on Tuesday for questioning and recording of a statement.
Her PS Peter Mangiti has already recorded a statement after he accidentally tabled a copy of the ministry’s assets register which contained the inflated items.
The embattled CS on Wednesday remained defiant stating she will not step aside from her post despite mounting pressure for her to quit.
Renewed pressure comes a day after the Public Accounts Committee stumbled on a litany of inflated expenses in a department under her watch including the supply and installation of a touch screen TV in her office at a cost of Sh1.798 million, computers, a printer, telephone headsets and a water dispenser at a combined cost of Sh1.4 million.
Mudavadi made his remarks at Breakthrough International Ministry Church in Embakasi Central.
Deputy President William Ruto on the other hand reiterated that the government is committed to fighting corruption.
“We have heard the concerns raised by Kenyans on the issue of corruption. President Uhuru Kenyatta and I will not let Kenyans down. We will ensure there is no corruption, theft and wastage of public resources,” he said.
The Deputy President, who was addressing faithfuls at Kapsabet Anglican Church of Kenya Diocese, said those found engaging in the vice will be eliminated to pave way for a transformational country that Kenyans would be proud of.
Ruto said institutions charged with the responsibility of ensuring there was no corruption or wastage of public resources should not let Kenyans down.
“Kenyans have a right to demand for accountability and service delivery from their leaders,” said Ruto.
The Deputy President called for concerted efforts saying the war against corruption can only be won if citizens expose those who are engaging in bribery and other corrupt activities.