In Summary
  • This came barely four days after he faced an almost similar treatment in Suswa as President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Standard Gauge Railway.
  • Sources told the Nation that the organisers were under strict instructions not to allow leaders battling cases in court or under active investigations to the VIP podium, where the other leaders had reserved seats.
  • In the Suswa incident, Mr Waititu was kept in check by the presidential security team, denying him access or a photo opportunity with President Kenyatta.

Embattled Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu’s woes seem to be far from over as he was asked to vacate a seat at the podium in Mombasa during Mashujaa Day celebrations on Sunday.

This came barely four days after he faced an almost similar treatment in Suswa as President Uhuru Kenyatta launched phase two of the standard gauge railway train services.

During the Mashujaa Day celebrations, Mr Waititu arrived before other governors and took a seat reserved for Mombasa Woman Representative Asha Hussein.

A few minutes later, some of the organisers walked to where Mr Waititu was and had a quick chat with him, upon which he picked a phone call.

It is not clear who gave the instructions, and what the governor was told. However, he stood up, walked out of the dais, then proceeded to have a quick chat with several security officials, strolling through the entry and leaving the venue.

"STRICT ORDERS"

Sources told the Nation that the organisers were under strict instructions not to allow leaders battling cases in court or under active investigations to the VIP podium, where the other leaders had reserved seats.

“That order was given to the organising team by State House. The President has, for some time, been keen on avoiding leaders either facing court cases or under active investigations," a source said.

Mr Waititu’s woes stem from corruption related charges that he is facing in court. In July, the governor together with his wife Susan Wangari Ndung’u, seven county employees, and a businessman were charged with irregular award of Sh588 million contracts for roads repair.

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