Alice Wahome: I am not a violent person

Water and Sanitation Cabinet Secretary nominee Alice Wahome during a vetting session at the County Hall, Nairobi. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Water and Sanitation Cabinet Secretary nominee Alice Wahome says she is not easily irritable and is not likely to lose her temper.

Wahome, who was appearing before the National Assembly Committee on Appointments for vetting, was reminded of an incident in 2018 where she was captured on camera manhandling an officer from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

"We had a tussle (with the IEBC official). The background of that was votes given wrongly. We had a returning officer who did not want to answer. I'm sure we both regret it. It could have been handled better," she said.

She added; "I have not been found guilty of any alleged assault. That matter was investigated and no return was made on any charges."

Wahome, who was the last Cabinet Secretary to appear before the Committee on Monday, October 17, said she had not had any other incident of that nature.

"I am not exactly a young person, I have the advantage of working for the last forty years, and I do not recall any other incidence.

"I have been a politician for 20 years. I have not been involved in any other altercation than the one with the returning officer. I do not think I am a violent person; I am able to manage my temper," Wahome told the committee.

The MP also revealed that she had a net worth of Sh218 million which she said stemmed from investments in properties with her husband.