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Nairobi’s UDA MCAs call on DCI to investigate “forged” signatures

A section of Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) allied to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) in Nairobi have asked the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to investigate the alleged fake signatures collected during a meeting to remove Minority Leaders.

The four members from the ruling party led by Nairobi South member Esther Waithera Chege, through Mutunga Justus and Associates Advocate, were responding to their colleagues who claimed part of the 35 signatures used in the exercise were collected on October 17, 2023.

She said that some of the members who attended the meeting where a resolution to remove Antony Kiragu Karanja and Mark Mugambi as Minority Whip have now come out to disown their signatures, hence calling for an investigation.

“In this regard, we urgently request your good office to investigate this matter expeditiously to establish if there was any forgery of the said signatures and whether the said deponents gave false information under oath,” the letter reads.

According to Ms Waithera, the said allegations are of a serious nature that needs the hands of sleuths after the party secretariat failed to solve the issue even after promising to handle it last.

The law firm said in a letter to the DCI that it was acting for Ms Waithera, Deonysias Mwangi, Joyce Muthoni, and Samora Mwaura.

Ms Waithera had been named as the Minority Leader by the party secretary general Cleophas Malala but revoked the letter two days later to allow the political tribunal to handle the matter following the case filed by Mr Kiragu.

Speaking at UDA headquarters on October 27, 2023, Ms Waithera dismissed the claims that the need for change in leadership was meant to pave the way for the impeachment of Governor Johnson Sakaja.

“We are looking for the independence of the assembly….the reason why we are asking for the removal of two leaders is because they have failed in their leadership to process the agenda of the UDA party in that Assembly. If you compare the previous assembly with the current one, you will realize that we have done poorly.”

Her sentiments were echoed by Deputy Chief Whip Joyce Muthoni, who said that the changes being pushed for have nothing to do with Sakaja.

“This fight is not against anybody. This fight is not against our party, not against our President, not against our governor or deputy governor but is for our welfare and equality. We want Nairobians to get equal service and equal opportunities,” she said.

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