National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Monday launched a fresh attack on former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru over the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.
Raila alleged that President Uhuru Kenyatta went easy on Ms Waiguru over the scandal, saying had he been in that position he would have “magufulied” her (whatever that means).
Interestingly, Raila failed to mention other individuals named in the scandal including his close confidants Suna East MP Junet Mohamed and Suba MP John Mbadi, ad Jubilee’s Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Aden Duale among others.
The specificity of Raila’s interest cannot be ignored as he did not also mention any other scandal that has rocked the Jubilee government in its four year term, including Eurobond and Afya House scandals which he has severally referred to as the biggest scandals to ever rock any government in Kenya.
From the onset, it was clear that Raila was hell-bent on using whatever opportunity he would get to hit out at Ms Anne Waiguru, since he cannot do so in his rallies owing to a defamation case that Waiguru has against him.
Raila therefore took advantage of the opportunity to further his agenda against Waiguru, who is the Jubilee candidate for the Kirinyaga governorship race.
For a while now, Raila has been battling to have the defamation case against him dismissed, to no success, with the court also denying his request for a fresh lifestyle audit on Waiguru.
Raila sees the defamation case against him as a dark cloud hanging over his head, necessitating his use of his party members in the Public Accounts Committee to use the committee probing the NYS scandal to intimidate Waiguru into submission. This too did not work.
Secondly, during her two-year term as Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Waiguru was seen as the strongest arm in the government body.
Through her ministry Ms Waiguru worked towards helping the government achieve its pre-election pledge which made her a target for the Opposition coalition NASA (then CORD).
Waiguru launched many development projects including slum upgrading programmes in Kibera and Kisumu, which seem to have hurt Raila to the core.
By launching development projects in Kibera, Waiguru had exposed Raila’s inaction in the 20 years he was MP for Langata, a constituency under which Kibera lies.
Waiguru also launched over 40 Huduma Centres across the country, won 13 awards locally and internationally including the rebrand award to NYS by the Marketing Society of Kenya and the United Nations Public Service Award for Huduma Centres.
The Ministry also came first among the commonwealth countries for women empowerment through 30 per cent procurement initiative, and the African Association for Public Administration and Management Gold Award.
She also put 21,000 youth to jobs under the National Youth Service programme, rolled out the Uwezo Fund for the youth, women and persons with disabilities to help improve their living standards.
Raila’s close ally Martha Karua of Narc Kenya, who was until a few months ago a member of the Opposition is also factor in play.
By hitting out at Anne Waiguru during the debate, Raila sought to swing support in favour of Karua who is running against Waiguru in the Kirinyaga governorship race.
Unfortunately for him, owing to the fact that Kirinyaga is a Jubilee zone and strongly pro-Uhuru Kenyatta, his mentions only earned Waiguru more support on the ground with many seeing her as a victim of Raila’s usual political antic