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August 20, 2018

Waiguru is not my girlfriend, Uhuru declares

President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto acknowledge greetings from jubilant Kapenguria residents in West Pokot County yesterday.Photo/PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto acknowledge greetings from jubilant Kapenguria residents in West Pokot County yesterday.Photo/PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday clarified that Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru is neither a wife nor a girlfriend of his.

Uhuru said he has one wife and people should not force another one on him.

“There are those who keep on making wild allegations claiming that Waiguru is whatever to me, or so many other things, but I have mine and I don’t need another one,” said Uhuru.

Uhuru was addressing residents of Eldoret during a stopover and caused laughter from the crowd when he said those still looking for more wives should do so without spreading lies about him.

Uhuru said those who have proof of corruption against Waiguru or any other minister should forward the evidence and action will be taken by the government, “regardless of whoever it is.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday told vocal URP legislators he will not be forced to make a decision on the fate of Cabinet Secretaries suspended because of graft.

He launched an attack on Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter, asking him to stop destabilising the government and concentrate on matters like CDF in his constituency.

Kenyatta says the matter of the issue of the suspended ministers or any other ministers in government lies within his prerogative and no one will coerce him to either sack or reinstate CSs.

“I did not consult them when I appointed the ministers and will make my own decision not based on the noise by some people,” said Kenyatta when he addressed leaders from the North Rift region during a meeting at the Eldoret State Lodge on Sunday.

But Keter responded, telling the President to stop hitting at him because of embattled CS Anne Waiguru.

“Yes, he did not consult me when he appointed Waiguru and the others. But as an MP I was not only consulted but I was lobbied during the vetting of the ministers so that we approve them in Parliament,” said Keter, speaking to the Star on the phone.

Reinstatement of the suspended CSs and civil servants, especially those from Rift Valley, was one of the key demands by leaders from the region as a condition for supporting Jubilee at the 2017 polls.

Another key demand was that he must support Ruto and journalist Sang to overcome the case at the ICC.

Other demands were that Uhuru should strengthen the NCPB and announce good maize prices; write off Sh500 million debts at New KCC and revert the company to farmers; tarmac key roads in the region; and expand the Moi Referral Hospital.

The suspended CSs who are close allies of DP William Ruto include Felix Koskei of Agriculture and Davies Chirchir of Energy.

MPs from the region tabled more than 10 demands, which they wanted the President to tackle, and Uhuru responded to all the demands, which had been earlier made public by Keter.

Keter was absent at the meeting, where he was accused of being used to divide Jubilee.

Uhuru said Keter should desist from being a puppet for some individuals with their own interests.

Uhuru held a private meeting with key leaders including Governors, Senators and MPs before he addressed more than 1,000 grassroots politicians from Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Trans-Nzoia and Elgeyo Marakwet.

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