Odinga attacks Kenyatta for protecting corrupt officials


Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru during the launch of the Ministry’s Strategic Plan at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre on June 30, 2014.

CORD leader Raila Odinga has criticised President Uhuru Kenyatta for tampering with the “list of Shame on corruption allegations” shielding some officials.

The cord leader and former Prime Minister, according to Standard Kenya, made public the much hyped graft dossier to expose what he termed as president Uhuru Kenyatta’s protected favourites in the war on corruption—Raila singling out devolution cabinet secretary, Anne Waiguru and IEBC chairman, Isaac Hassan, who he claimed were shielded by the powers that be and their names were omitted from president Kenyatta’s infamous list of shame.

A defiant President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday said he was not changing his position on Devolution and Planning Secretary Waiguru despite the corruption allegations levelled against her and demands by the Opposition for her to leave office.

The President’s spokesman, Manoah Esipisu, also told the Sunday Nation the government will not engage the Opposition Cord in the fight against corruption.

Odinga had released documents linking Waiguru to questionable deals when she was the director of Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (IFMIS) in the Treasury.

“The EACC made itself very clear yesterday (Friday). We will not be dragged into politics. We have made our position known on the matter and there is nothing to discuss about that,” said Mr Esipisu.

The EACC reiterated that Ms Waiguru is not under investigation over IFMIS.

The commission’s deputy chief executive, Michael Mubea, also rejected claims that names of former electoral commission officials accused of having received Sh50 million in bribes from a UK firm, Smith & Ouzman, to award contracts were edited from the list that President Kenyatta tabled in Parliament on March 26 as alleged by Odinga.

“If IFMIS was being investigated by the EACC for the inflation of contracts to the tune of Sh1 billion, why didn’t the Cabinet Secretary at the time of the suspicious transactions — Anne Waiguru — step aside?” Odinga insists.

Odinga also claimed that Ms Waiguru’s name, and those of officials of the IIEC were deliberately omitted from the “List of Shame”.

According to his documents, EACC had, on March 21, written to the National Treasury seeking all documentation regarding provision of consultancy services for re-engineering of the Oracle Database application in the directorate in charge of IFMIS.

Ms Waiguru was director of IFMIS before she was appointed to the Cabinet in 2013 and the documents available show that she signed the payment vouchers.

The Devolution Secretary has also been under fire over suspicious transactions involving Sh826 million at the National Youth Service (NYS) which is under her ministry, through dubious deals.

Odinga now wants Waiguru to step aside to facilitate investigations like her colleagues Michael Kamau (Transport), Davis Chirchir (Energy), Felix Koskei (Agriculture), Charity Ngilu (Land) and Kazungu Kambi (Labour).

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