Embattled Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu will have to fight or by pass Kenyan law as his efforts to resume office despite being barred by the court are being thwarted by the Members of the County Assembly who have accused him of contempt of court.
“As MCAs we are very very very much disappointed by him. We wonder if he knows the rule of law of this country, we wonder if he is aware that he is already having a matter in the court that is yet to be determined. He shouldnt be speaking, he should not be saying that he is coming back, he should not judge, he cannot even predict what is going to happen on 20th of December,”Kinoo ward MCA Kimani Wanjiku told press.
Eliud Ngige MCA Muguga Ward added, “Miningeomba mahakama imchukulie hatua kwasababu ikiwa ile judge alimwamuru asikue anakanyaga Kiambu alafu pia huyo sasa amekuja Kiambu kuleta siasa, imchukulie hatua kali na nimeomba huyo judge..anaonekana kwamba judge alikua alijua vile alikua anafanya”.
Waititu, alongside his wife and other county officials are facing corruption charges over irregular award of tenders worth Sh 588 million.
He walked to temporary freedom, however ,the Anti-Corruption Court in Milimani, Nairobi, ordered him to keep off office.
Waititu has not only promised residents he will resume office duties very soon but also says he will reinstate all the officers who were fired by the deputy governor James Nyoro.
The deputy governor, who has been at loggerheads with the Governor, said he had taken over the running of county activities and would remain in power until the court rules otherwise in the case against Waititu.
“We are in office for as long as the governor is away. If there is going to be an appeal or a ruling on his case… We will be ready to vacate the seat and leave it to the governor if the court so dictates,” said Dr. Nyoro.
Waititu on Sunday November 17 reportedly jumped deputy President William Ruto’s ship to join African Union envoy Raila Odinga’s Building bridges initiative brigade.
According to K24 Digital, the Jubilee’s Tanga tanga affiliate declared his support for the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.
“There is now no Tanga Tanga or Kieleweke. No one can claim he owns Uhuru more than the other. This is now past tense,” Waititu who spoke in his native language disclosed to a crowd.