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Waiguru now sues Muthama over ‘sweetheart’ slur

Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru has turned her guns on two opposition senators, saying they maliciously portrayed her as a thief and a person who closely worked with the President to steal public funds.

Ms Waiguru in her court papers filed Wednesday, said Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale and Machakos’ Johnson Muthama had, during a Cord rally at Uhuru Park in Nairobi last September, uttered words meant to imply that President Uhuru Kenyatta had given her over Sh25 billion while teachers in public schools were left starving.

GIVEN SH25 B

“The two Cord senators had insinuated that I was given Sh25 billion by the President, and urged him to take Sh17 billion from me and pay teachers,” she said.

Around that time, teachers in public schools were in court seeking to compel the government to increase their basic pay and the Cord politicians had on several occasions called on the government to source for funds to pay teachers.

UNPUBLISHABLE WORDS

The former CS said that these utterances, including other unpublishable words, were in their ordinary meaning intended to imply that she is a common thief, embezzler of public funds, corrupt in the extreme, unfit for public office, a woman of loose morals and who wrongly uses her position in government to engage in unlawful activities.

The two senators, Ms Waiguru said, had during the rally vowed that they will not sit and watch as she stole while the President defended her saying she is not a thief, yet asking former Lands minister Charity Ngilu to step aside.

MALICE

She said Dr Khalwale and Mr Muthama were actuated by malice and ill-will in pursuit of their political agenda.

The result is that the unverified allegations exposed her personal and professional standing to public ridicule and embarrassment, she said.

Ms Waiguru is seeking damages as well as an order compelling the two senators to publicly offer an apology for their defaming words.