Kivutha Kibwana has accused the President of using the NGOs Coordination Board and independent commissions to intimidate NASA principals.
The board has shut down the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation for forensic investigations, saying Sh50 million received from China could not be traced. It said the foundation could not account for a total of Sh146 million in donor funds.
But in an interview on a local vernacular radio station on Wednesday, Kibwana, who is Makueni Governor, claimed President Uhuru Kenyatta has a hand in the woes Opposition leaders are facing.
Regarding the foundation, the county chief said: “It seems [the government] is getting instructions from somebody with the aim of blackmailing Kalonzo.”
He noted the organisation has helped many needy children.
“These are the same people who say Kalonzo has done nothing for his community. They want to prove that by shutting down the foundation,” he said.
Kibwana said NGOs and commissions should be guided by the constitution instead of taking instructions from individuals.
“When these institutions begin to listen to the President or other people, they will not be fair in what they do,” he said.
NASA settled on ODM leader Raila Odinga as flag bearer and Kalonzo as his running mate for the August 8 general election.
The coalition also included Musalia Mudavadi (Amani), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) and Isaac Rutto (CCM).
NGOs board executive director Fazul Mahamad said Kalonzo risks arrest for suspected money laundering and diversion of donor aid by his foundation.
“The Board finds that there is sufficient cause to warrant forensic investigations into the affairs of the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation on possible cases of money laundering and diversion of donor aid,”stated a letter signed by Mahamad.
“Subsequently, the board has already initiated a legal process of ascertaining the level of criminal culpability of the directors of the foundation with respect to their fiduciary responsibility to the laws of Kenya, the intended beneficiaries and the people of Kenya.”
Last evening, the WIper leader told the Star he will respond on Wednesday after seeing the letter.
Supporters of the National Super Alliance defended Kalonzo on social media