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Uhuru snubs governors as war on corruption gains momentum with governors holding crisis meeting

The President has been giving suspcets charged in court a wide berth at public events

File image of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at Milimani Law Courts during his bail hearing on December 11, 2019. He is among three governors barred from accessing their offices as part of bail terms

President Uhuru Kenyatta is reported to have failed to meet governors who had sought to meet him over the on-going war on corruption that has so far seen three governors barred from accessing their offices.

The President who spent the whole day in Garissa even as the governors deliberated on what befell Mike Sonko (Nairobi) Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu) and Moses Lenolkulal (Samburu), expressing concerns on who would be the next casualty in the war against corruption that is steadily gaining momentum.

The development has sparked anxiety among the governors who were holed up in a meeting on Friday after their attempts to meet the head of stat failed.

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Nation reports that the county bosses are now concerned that some State operatives may take advantage of the precedence set in Mr Sonko, his Kiambu counterpart Ferdinand Waititu and Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal’s cases and kick whoever they want out of office.

All that is required is for someone to be presented in court and formally charged.

Worrying trend with 9 more on the radar

In an interview with Nation, a governor who attended the Friday meeting onfirmed that they are keenly monitoring the situation and would issue a statement on Moday.

“We have noted that the rulings in the cases touching on the three governors currently in the cold, that is Sonko, Waititu and the Samburu one (Lenolkulal) have peculiar similarities, especially the bond terms. The rulings are very consistent. We will again meet on Monday and issue a major statement.

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“We also took note that there are several cases already before the courts over the question of governors being barred from accessing office. We will wait for the courts to rule on the cases before we take a position,” said the governor.

At least nine governors are under the radar of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on suspicion of corruption and abuse of office.

They include Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Granton Samboja (Taita Taveta), Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Okoth Obado (Migori), Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet), Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi), Mwangi wa Iria (Muranga) and Mohamud Ali (Marsabit).

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