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Raila has an obligation to save Waiguru — Donald Kipkorir

By Vincent Kejitan | June 16th 2020

Lawyer Donald Kipkorir on Tuesday opined that ODM leader Raila Odinga has an obligation to save Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru who is facing impeachment.

Through a tweet, Kipkorir said Odinga is not the one tasked with charging the embattled governor with corruption.

“Baba & ODM have an obligation to save Anne Waiguru ... It’s the sole prerogative of ODPP to charge anyone with corruption.

“Baba is not DPP,” he tweeted.

On Monday, Odinga dismissed talk that he will work to save Waiguru from impeachment.

Speaking after receiving his COVID-19 results, the former Prime Minister said the Senate should work independently without any sort of external pressure.

“The Senators should carry out their mandate independently. I don’t need to save anyone.

“Let someone defend themselves based on the facts presented,” said Odinga.

Elsewhere, ODM Chairman John Mbadi told The Standard that the party had not taken a position on the matter.

He said Senators would make a decision based on evidence adduced by the Kirinyaga County Assembly, which impeached Waiguru last week.

Mbadi, who is also the National Assembly Minority Leader, said it would be a reek of hypocrisy for ODM to blindly defend Waiguru before interrogating evidence of abuse of office and alleged misappropriation of public funds.

He said the fight against corruption was part of the March 9, 2018, pact Raila entered with President Uhuru Kenyatta in their famous handshake.

“ODM has not taken a position. I have the feeling that senators have the ability to serve justice to the MCAs and the governor. They have the ability to look at the law, the accusations and the evidence by the MCAs before taking a decision,” Mbadi said.

The ODM chairman added: “If the MCAs are just playing politics with no strong grounds to impeach the governor, it will come out. It would be hypocritical of us in ODM to say we want to save someone accused of corruption.”

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