By Osugo Moseti
This morning, Nation Newspaper has finally vindicatedÂ Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru of any responsibility following, perhaps, the most publicized scam of the Jubilee regime – the multi-million shilling looting spree at the National Youth Service where she matronized as her personal fiefdom.
Declaring Waiguru, who by now, if this was a law and order, Â should have resigned in shame, a ‘woman of nine lives’ after parliamentarians, the elected vanguards of public till, failed to muster the requisite numbers to censure her, the paper not only clears the CS of the stubborn accountability issues lingering in the minds of citizens but also the moral obligations to step aside, awaiting the dictates of law and order, to have the final say on the issue.
The most persistent campaign, waged in highest offices and lowliest places, including deep in the sewer lines of Kibera, has been that of ‘saving’ Ms Anne Waiguru. It has been costly too, for, at least, a journalist with the Standard got himself fired for being too nosy – seeking the truth – and a senator and activist got themselves answering to ‘incitement’ – offences which would not have arisen had Waiguru did the constitutional thing – resignation.
And so, state institutions bent over backwards, covering her up, cuddling her, cajoling her, kissing her, massaging her, till now!
It started with State House warning of a scandal ‘that never was’. It degenerated into parliamentary oversight brouhaha, live on national TV, where MPs traded jabs at one another, with at least one MP who asked questions ‘meant to embarrass the CS’ – so he was told – being thrown out all together.
During the July 7 grilling, an event which transformed into a Waiguru congratulatory session, the CS emerged the victor, in fact, a conscientious Â moral example of how other CSs should tackle graft in their ministries: by whistle-blowing (sic).
She set the bar so high, until the well-choreographed circus started unravelling right in her face. But cuddling her did not stop.
The NYS scam has seen the most consistentÂ media hodgepodgeÂ of issues ever witnessed in modern cover up stories.Â A country easily overwhelmed by big numbers thrown anyhow, the very inconsistencies of the monies involved – sh 800 million, then sh 791 million, then Â sh 694 million Â – made the NYS scam quite ‘Kardashian’ to keep up with.
But the worst has been the single story, told from the point of view of Waiguru herself, told by those she seems to have authority over, regardless of their stations of life and public duty: at the criminal investigations, in the press, in parliament, at the presidency, etc.
And this is where the woes of Josephine Irungu begins.