Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru has rebuked the intentions to have her grilled over corruption allegations after details of her imminent arrest emerged.
Waiguru could not fathom how 48 hours later after she decamped to UDA, details of her being arrested emerged, terming it unfortunate.
“Surely, barely 48 hours after we decamped to UDA and now this. As a believer in the rule of law, this is really unfortunate,” Waiguru said.
According to Waiguru the decision to arrest her is politically castigated and an attempt at engineering succession politics while dissuading those contemplating to jump ship to DP Ruto’s camp.
“The intention is to dissuade those contemplating the same and an attempt at engineering succession politics, which won’t work. Kenyans are not stupid and there is God in heaven,” Waiguru said.
On the same breath, Waiguru’s political competitor and Kirinyaga Women Representative Purity Ngirici took the opportunity to castigate the county chief for her sentiments, urging her not to blame her woes on joining UDA.
“When anti-graft agencies strike, don't blame it on joining UDA. We have built the party from scratch,” Ngirici said.
It is alleged as Waiguru was defecting to DP Ruto’s camp on Tuesday, detectives were finalising investigations into corruption allegations at the county government, which could see her arrested as early as next week.
Also, likely to be charged alongside Waiguru are county Chief Finance Officer Mugo Ndathi, Kirinyaga County Assembly Speaker Anthony Gathumbi, Leader of Majority James Murango and chairman of the Budget Committee at the county assembly David Mathenge, all who, coincidentally or by design, accompanied her to Ruto’s Karen residence to officially defect to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) on Tuesday.
Waiguru, like several Ruto allies, has previously accused the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) of engaging in selective prosecution targeting the DP’s allies allegedly due to their political affiliation, allegations the two agencies have repeatedly dismissed.