Kinuthia: The Kiambu David who brought down mighty Goliath

Friday, January 31st, 2020 00:00 |
Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu. Photo/PD/FILE

Hillary Mageka @hillarymageka

 Ndenderu Ward Member of County Assembly Solomon Kinuthia stepped out in a glamorous grey suit, a white shirt and a red tie took a stand at Senate chambers to make his case against  Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu Babayao.

The 36-year-old mover of the impeachment motion against Waititu together with his lawyers, took the House through a blow-by-blow account of the charges and evidence that they believed would nail the governor.

In particular, Kinuthia, moved senators almost to tears as he explained how Waititu forcibly dispossessed Cecilia Njoki Mbugua, a widow, of two prime plots of land in Thika.

“The Governor and his wife made an admission to the Ombudsman of the irregular acquisition of the land. The Ombudsman is a constitutional body and its findings of fact implicate the Governor in impeachable conduct,” he told senators.

These were among the charges brought by Kinuthia, which also included abuse of office and gross misconduct that convinced Senate to vote to throw out Waititu.

Similarly, senators indicted Waititu in all the three charges brought against him. Kinuthia has hailed the Senate for a job well done by upholding the Assembly’s decision to impeach Waititu.

In an interview with People Daily, Kinuthia described Waititu’s ouster as a turning point for the people of Kiambu.

While rallying residents to support Deputy Governor James Nyoro, who is expected to replace Waititu, he said there was hope for the county.

“Our people should keep hope alive. We can recover the time we have lost and change the direction of Kiambu,” he said.

Though the journey to oust the governor was bumpy and murky, he said, they managed to pull it through because they were convinced they were doing the right thing. 

“We had to take a firm stand. We stood against impunity to be counted as people for a just society,” he said.

The MCA, however, noted that the fear element was always there in their quest for justice but admitted they deployed a proper fear management.

“Politics it’s not for the faint hearted and courage is not the absence fear, but proper management of that fear,” he said.

More on News