It is no longer news that Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has an unbridled tongue. But he seems to get worse despite the backlash his lose tongue has earned him over the years.
Yesterday, Baba Yao was yet again on the wrong side after asking the government to go slow on war against corruption for the sake of his tribesmen who live in Rift Valley.
The Kiambu Governor who spoke during the burial of a Murang’a tycoon Thayu Kamau at Gitui village which was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga said the war on graft war should be fought with caution since there are people from the Central Region living in the Rift Valley and could be negatively affected by the purge.
Waititu claimed the war on graft should not divide the two communities who have coexisted together peacefully.
“We should proceed together as one team even in the war against graft; we should exercise caution because (of) our people are in Rift Valley and they could be disadvantaged if some of the communities’ influential people are victimized,” he told the mourners.
His statement did not augur well with Raila who dismissed Mr Waititu by telling him that the country would not accept to be blackmailed and intimidated over tribal threats.
Raila said the country has 42 tribes who have equal rights and freedom of movement from one region to another and that whenever the corrupt steal from public coffers they do not steal for the society.
“Mr Waititu, you should not be intimidated and blackmailed. We won’t be cowed on such threats if we want to fight and eliminate corruption but we must remain steadfast and take the looters to jail where they deserve,” he said.
The President too dismissed Mr Waititu promising Kenyans that influential people would be arrested and charged in court for corruption related cases.
He called on Kenyans to unite against the war on graft saying some leaders have got wealth from no time challenging Judiciary to ensure the rule of law has been followed and punish the corrupt.
He castigated a section of the leaders who he said ‘their work is crisscrossing the country with empty noises’ promising them that they will be arrested in a matter of time.
But Waititu is not the only one with such concerns, a few months ago, Kalenjin elders expressed fear a repeat of 2007/08 post-election violence should Kikuyu community fail to return the favor and support Kalenjins who voted for Uhuru in 2013 and 2017 General Elections.
“As a community, we feel there is a lot of hypocrisy in the agreement and we ask leaders from central Kenya to come clear. We want to know if they have decided to dump us. We are concerned as elders because we don’t want a repeat of 2007/2008 post-election violence,” their leader James Lukwo in Kapenguria on Sunday, December 30.
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