Cord leader Raila Odinga on Monday surprised many by declaring his readiness to support the Jubilee administration on condition that it suspends Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru for allegedly stealing money from the National Youth Service (NYS).
This comes after Waiguru admitted that a whopping sh 826 million was mysteriously siphoned from NYS under her watch through irregular tendering processes and unaccounted for payments.
In a statement, Mr Odinga accused President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, of failing to fight corruption. He described their pledges to fight the vice as a ploy to gain political support in the last elections.
He further accused the President of shielding the Devolution CS from prosecution even after admitting that she lost taxpayers’ money over fraudulent deeds in her ministry.
At the same time, the former PM confirmed once again that President Uhuru Kenyatta deleted the name of Waiguru from the infamous List of Shame that he presented to Parliament.
“Waiguru was among those in the list of shame but her name was removed secretly by Uhuru at State House before the list was presented to Parliament,” said Raila.
The remarks drew the ire of National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, who accused Mr Raila of defending alleged theft of funds meant for the Kazi Kwa Vijana programme.
“Mr Odinga should stop boxing the wind. To show that Mr Odinga’s remarks are based on rumour, today (Monday), his former constituents have taken to the streets to denounce him and support the work NYS is doing under CS Waiguru’s watch,” Ndwale said.