Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru Tuesday night took to Citizen TV to address an array of issues that she is currently entangled in, top in the list being the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and handshake politics.
Waiguru also addressed matters pertaining to her administration as a county head, and her position in the seemingly crumbling Mt. Kenya region politics and economy.
Here are the top five revelations that emerged from the Governor’s conversation with Waihiga Mwaura on News Night.
1. Her stand on the NYS Scandal
It is the Ksh791 million NYS scandal, which erupted when Waiguru was Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning, that brought the politician, who is now a force to reckon with, into the national limelight.
It is, therefore, impossible to have a conversation with the governor without addressing her stand on the scandal that brought down her cabinet career.
In her Tuesday TV appearance, Waiguru maintained her innocence on all accusations levelled against her over the loss of taxpayers’ money through fraudulent NYS deals transacted under her tenure, insisting that the issue was heavily politicised.
The governor went ahead to castigate investigative authorities for targeting insignificant persons in their probes into the scandal, instead of unearthing the real masterminds.
“Two years after I left the Government, NYS had a ten times larger scandal of Ksh10 billion. That should tell you that the people who were involved in the Ksh791 Million scandal were still in government and operating,” Waiguru said in self-defence.
2. Why she participated in Kibra politics
The newlywed Waiguru also corrected the common notion, that her participation in the heated Kibra MP by-election politics in October and November, is an indication that she is in support of ODM leader Raila Odinga presidential candidature in 2022.
The governor, instead, revealed that her sole intention of going to Kibra was in honour of the handshake spirit pioneered by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Odinga.
“That situation brought a unique space that I could actually participate in, in support of the Handshake,” Waiguru clarified.
3. She does not mind the country going into a referendum
Pundits have prospected that amongst the recommendations contained in the highly anticipated BBI report, is that, the country goes into a Constitutional referendum.
BBI opposed factions have cried foul over this possibility, terming it as a sly move by Odinga to amend laws that are currently blocking him assuming the power he so much desires.
According to Waiguru, however, the country going into a referendum should be the least of anyone’s worry, granted the promise of future peace and electoral cohesion that the exercise promises.
“What is the price of chaos? What is the price of an unstable country, for every five years to spend two years agonizing about elections, and thereafter two years fighting about the results?” Waiguru posited when asked if the country is financially capable of holding a referendum.
4. Fellow politicians are afraid of her replacing Uhuru as Mt. Kenya’s political kingpin
In an interesting exudation of personal confidence, the governor revealed that the reason so many people are out to bring her down is that they fear the possibility of her becoming the next leader of Central Kenya politics, after Uhuru’s exit.
“It seems that in every aspect of your public service you have had to fight a politically instigated battle,” Waihiga commented, prompting Waiguru to reply adamantly that she is not about to give up.
“Some people see me as a front runner in matters succession and that is an issue of interest,” she said.
5. The possibility of an Anne Waiguru presidential candidature in 2022
In the interview, Waiguru was not shy of her future political ambitions, covertly indicating her interest in the most powerful political position in the country.
This is after the show host asked the County Head if she sees herself as a front runner in the 2022 General Election, a question Waiguru responded to with a sly “I hope I am” remark.
Further, Waiguru did not dismiss the possibility of her being a presidential running mate, saying the looming BBI report, among other issues, might create an array of political possibilities that she cannot dismiss or accept at this time.