, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero claims that former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru used the National Youth Service (NYS) project to launch her political career in Nairobi.
Speaking after commissioning a mortuary with a capacity of 112 bodies at the Mbagathi District Hospital in Nairobi on Wednesday morning, Kidero expressed concerns that the projects which were meant to benefit the youth had run into a lot of hurdles due to vested interests.
“Initially NYS took off to a slow start because that particular time, there was politics that it was being used as a launch pad for some personalities’ politics in the city of Nairobi and time is proving it to be so, yet NYS is a national resource engaging youth and providing them with opportunities,” he said.
When journalists asked him which personality he was referring to, the Governor responded: “Waiguru”.
He further expressed support for the biometric registration of NYS recruits saying that this will make the payment of dues transparent and discourage graft.
“Taking of biometric data in Mathare and Kibera and in Mukuru kwa Njenga has nothing to do with the 2017 elections and these people should do so to enable them to be paid and when NYS is relaunched, I will be at the forefront so that the initial suspicions do not abound in that it becomes the launch pad of some people’s careers,” he stated.
The Nairobi Governor pointed out that despite the project having run into hurdles he was still prepared to support it so long as it is not used for politics.
“I am urging everybody to recognise the value that it gives; the opportunities that it gives the youth. So the unfortunate incidents that occurred in Mathare the other day that our youth had worked but had not been paid should be a thing of the past,” he said.
Last week, women leaders drawn from across Nairobi endorsed Waiguru for the gubernatorial position during a meeting with her at Ufungamano House.
They pleaded with her to join the race ahead of the 2017 General Election so as to continue implementing projects she initiated under the National Youth Service.
Waiguru resigned last year following the NYS scandal citing health reasons on her doctors’ advice.
In her statement, she had asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to reassign her lighter duties.
She recently appeared on a Citizen TV interview where she indicated that she was not considering jumping into elective politics.
In previous interviews, she has indicated that she is more interested in being a technocrat than joining politics.