Uhuru to meet MPs from Mount Kenya

Wednesday May 28 2014

Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru. PHOTO | BILLY MUTAI

Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru. PHOTO | BILLY MUTAI NATION MEDIA GROUP

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is to meet MPs from the Mt Kenya region today in what is seen as an attempt to save Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Ms Anne Waiguru from impeachment.

The meeting is slated to take place at State House, Nairobi, after the National prayer breakfast at Safari Park Hotel earlier in the morning.

President Kenyatta was to meet the MPs and senators on Wednesday but it had to be postponed because his diary was full.

The State House date has not gone down well with Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi who plans to table a motion in the National Assembly to have Ms Waiguru dismissed.

In spite of today’s meeting, Mr Linturi told the Nation last evening that he would still proceed with his plans.

He said he was on a private trip to the Vatican.

“As you know, there is a lot of pressure on MPs to withdraw support for the motion,” said Mr Linturi on phone.

He is reported to have garnered more than 172 signatures. Among the MPs who have signed are Alice Ng’ang’a (Thika Town, TNA) and Mary Wambui (Othaya, TNA).

“As they sit down to conspire against the Constitution and the will of Kenyans, I’m also at the Vatican to seek divine intervention on how to solve our country’s problems,” he said.

He said he couldn’t understand what the President’s interests were, given that the constitutional right to impeach Cabinet Secretaries is vested in MPs.

Mr Linturi said like Mr Amos Kimunya and Mr William Ruto, who faced censure motions when they were ministers, Ms Waiguru shouldn’t feel intimidated and the President shouldn’t rush to her defence.

Mr Ruto, now the Deputy President, survived the censure motion, while Mr Kimunya stepped aside under pressure but then bounced back after then President Mwai Kibaki reinstated him to the Cabinet.

“I’m wondering why Waiguru is so special that it would attract everyone to come to her defence and want to get involved. I won’t be deterred,” said Mr Linturi..