Waiguru removal petitioners hit 179, says Linturi

Mr Linturi: We will petition the House Business Committee. Photo/FILE
Mr Linturi: We will petition the House Business Committee. Photo/FILE 

Igembe Central MP Mithika Linturi Tuesday said MPs will petition the House Business Committee to mark impeachment Motion against Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru as top agenda.

He claimed the number of petitioners pushing for Ms Waiguru’s removal had now hit 179 and vowed to resist external pressure to abandon the plan.

“We have only lost one petitioner. We are going to plead with the HBC to prioritise this matter because it has the potential of breaking the coalition due to the manner in which the Cabinet Secretary is conducting herself,” the MP said.

Parliament is expected to convene on Tuesday after a month-long recess.

On Tuesday the Union of Kenya Civil Servants came to Ms Waiguru’s defence, arguing that she was an innocent victim of a politics.

Secretary general Tom Odege said the union has studied the issues leading to the proposed impeachment proceedings and found them baseless.

Mr Odege said the union had determined the transfer of Kiplimo Rugut from the National Youth Service was reasonably executed and that his replacement by Nelson Githinji was not entirely unacceptable.

“The Cabinet Secretary is being vilified for having transferred the services of Mr Rugut from the National Youth Service to another office. This is unfair because she did not sack the officer,” Mr Odege stated.

Deputy President William Ruto and a section of women MPs have also backed Ms Waiguru whose troubles arose from change of guard at the NYS.

The Jubilee coalition has planned a parliamentary group meeting on Monday where the Motion on Ms Waiguru’s impeachment is expected to be discussed and a common position taken.