By Kiptanui Rutto
Insiders believe Kajiado Nominated Senator Judith Pareno will vote against the ouster of Kirinyaga Governor Ann Mumbi Waiguru.
Pareno, a lawyer by profession and a member of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) a party which has been associated with the plot to save the Governor is among a 11-member team tasked with the probe judges against the embattled governor.
According to one of the dailies’ sources, the following are proposed members of the committee: Jubilee – Gideon Moi (Baringo), Beth Mugo (nominated), Anuar Oloitiptip (Lamu), Mohamed Muhammud (Mandera), Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi) and Abshiro Halaqe (nominated).
And from Nasa coalition – Cleophas Malala (Kakamega), Beatrice Kwamboka (nominated), Judith Pareno (nominated), Moses Kajwang (Homa Bay) and Enoch Wambua (Kitui).
The High Court judge, Justice Weldon Korir recently declined to overturn the impeachment, ruling that the county assembly had proved it did not violate any court orders. He had barred the MCAs from tabling the motion in April because Waiguru had argued that because of Covid-19, she could not leave her home to the assembly.
Below is an analysis as to why Pareno would likely to vote in favour of Waiguru.
|1. Gender factor: To show solidarity with other women, including Public Service and Gender Affairs CS Prof. Margaret Kobia, she will vote to save Waiguru from impeachment.||ü|
|2. UoN alumnae: Both of them graduated from University of Nairobi though not the same year but that association will trigger the support.||ü|
|3. ODM factor: Rumours has it that ‘Baba’ met Waiguru recently stating that she has reached out to Senators from Kieleweke and only needs the ODM side.||ü|
Anne Waiguru is the first of only three women Governors in Kenya. She served as the Vice Chair of the Council of Governors in Kenya between December 2017 and January 2019. In September 2015, Waiguru was asked by the director of public prosecutions in Kenya to record statements about disappearance of Kshs 791M from the coffers of the National Youth Service (NYS) which is a department in the ministry she headed but was later cleared of these allegations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).