CS Wahome defends herself after suspension of Athi Water Board’s CEO Michael Thuita by State House Chief of Staff, Felix Koskei after she failed to act.
Water Cabinet Secretary Alice Wahome has responded to critics questioning her commitment to stamping out corruption following accusations that she hesitated to terminate former CEO of Athi Water Board Michael Thuita before his final resignation.
In a statement released on Saturday, Wahome acknowledged receiving a letter to the Athi Water Board from Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Felix Koskei requesting that Thuita be suspended due to allegations of corruption.
CS Wahome defended herself in the letter stating that she is collaborating with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to solve the issue.
“I have not in any way failed to cooperate with the EACC as alleged by mainstream media reports and the exercise of my discretion not to suspend Eng. Thuita, until the requested information is availed to me, did not prejudice investigations,” she stated.
The Water CS revealed that the Athi Water Works Development Agency is working with the EACC to complete investigations within the shortest time possible.
“I confirm that I will uphold the rule of law and constitutionalism in handling this matter and any other that may be brought to my attention in the course of my duties as the Cabinet Secretary,” she emphasised.
CS Wahome has been under scrutiny after State House Chief of Staff and Head of the Public Service Felix Koskei on Friday ordered the agency’s board to suspend Thuita.
In a statement, Koskei stated that the move had been necessitated by the need to pave the way for investigations into alleged misconduct in awarding tenders for the construction of the Ruiru II, Karimenu, and Kitui Matuu water projects.
Following the directive, Thuita was arrested by EACC on Saturday as the push and pull between different factions within the ruling United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party escalated.
He later resigned and was replaced with Joseph Mungai who will serve in acting capacity.
EACC had written to CS Wahome asking her to suspend the former CEO to give room for investigations.
However, the CS declined the advice requesting for more information.