Former Prime Minister and Orange Democratic Party (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has now come out to refute claims that he met impeached Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru on Saturday night.
In a statement sent out to the public, Raila, while responding to the top story ran by the local newspaper Daily Nation, stated that he never met Waiguru as purported, and termed the story as “rumors” and “lazy journalism”.
“I am deeply concerned about the false story published in the Sunday Nation today, 14th June 2020, that I held a meeting with the recently impeached Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru in a bid to save career. No such meeting with Ms. Waiguru or the other governors, James Nyoro of Kiambu and Mutahi Kahiga of Nyeri took place as reported in the Sunday Nation” Odinga said.
He further refuted claims published on the daily which alleged that the party leader had further instructed ODM Senators to save the embattled governor.
“I also wish to make it clear that there does not exist any Senate Committee to investigate governor Waiguru and whose members from ODM I have instructed to save the governor as reported in the Nation Sunday,” he said.
According to Raila Odinga, while it is indeed true that he had a meeting yesterday, it was not with Waiguru as alleged, but with Laikipia Women MP Cate Waruguru and other MPs.
“I can however confirm that at the said evening hours on Thursday referred to in the Sunday Nation lead page one story, I had a meeting with Laikipia Women Representative Hon. Catherine Waruguru in the company of some members of Parliament. The meeting had nothing to do with the tribulations of governor Waiguru” Raila revealed.
The former Prime Minister has further critiqued the newspaper, terming the reports as “a collection of rumors and trivia from anonymous sources,” which he says is the epitome of lazy journalism.
“The matters around governor Waiguru and which the Sunday Nation purports to be analyzing and reporting on are critical with regard to strengthening Devolution and governance in Kenya. They require objective and deep reporting, based on verifiable facts, which is hard work, and not a collection of rumours and trivia from anonymous sources, which is the epitome of lazy journalism” said Odinga.
The embattled Kirinyaga governor is set to face the Senate next week, after her impeachment by the county members of the assembly.