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CS Kobia’s statement on Governor Anne Waiguru’s impeachment elicits sharp reactions

Kenyans have expressed mixed reactions following a press statement by Gender CS Kobia defending Governor Anne Waiguru in the midst of an impeachment motion against her by Kirinyaga County MCAs. Most notable is the reaction by Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika who has recently been ousted as Majority Whip in the Senate. Sen. Kihika has raised concerns over why the CS did not defend her and her counterpart Hon. Cecily Mbarire when they were being ousted. Cecily Mbarire was ousted as Deputy Majority Whip of the National Assembly.

Political analyst David Makali has also cast aspersions on the sincerity of the statement, insinuating that CS Kobia is using the gender card to advance political interests.

Some women leaders have however come to the defense of CS Kobia. Newly-elected deputy speaker of the Senate Prof. Margaret Kamar has told off Sen. Susan Kihika that her ouster was not a result of political witchhunt but of her own doing.

As the impeachment saga takes shape, with Senate Speaker having formally received the impeachment resolution, only time will tell how the tussle will end.