Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru/FILE PHOTO.


Blow to opposition  leader Raila Odinga after losing his bid to have  Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru reveal her  lifestyle audit.

Justice Joseph Sergon dismissed the  application saying it lacked merit.

The learned judge said though the former Devolution CS has not responded fully to the queries demanded by Raila, the explanation she gave was satisfactory.

In the case Devolution Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru sued Cord Leader Raila Odinga through MohammedMuigai law firm over utterances in two public meetings linking her to the 791 million Shillings scandal at the National Youth Service (NYS).

Waiguru said that Odinga’s utterances over her alleged involvement in the scandal were false and defamatory and portrayed her as a common thief, an embezzler of public funds, corrupt in the extreme, a flagrant law breaker and unfit to hold public office.

Then, the former Prime Minister  released a dossier  alleging how   the state agency lost millions of shillings under the watch of the  former CS .

Raila, in the dossier claimed President Uhuru failed to include her name on the list of shame, which saw several senior government officials including CSs lose their jobs.

Immediately she filed the case, Raila asked a list of interrogatories,(questions) among them, Waiguru’s lifestyle audit.

She responded to the queries but Raila was not satisfied.

Raila had  sought among other issues her basic salary, allowances , a list of properties she owned including houses and cars and had also sought to find out how much they are worth.

The NASA leader thereafter filed another application accusing Waiguru of failing to respond to questions that would enable him defend the defamation suit.

The Kirinyaga Governor then accused Raila of fishing for evidence.

In the ruling, Justice Sergon said it cannot be said that Waiguru has outrightly refused to answer to the queries.

“I am satisfied the plaintiff respondent to the interrogatories in accordance with the provisions of section 22 (a) of the civil procedure act and Order 11 rules 3 Caps 2 of the civil procedure rules,” the Judge said.

He added that Waiguru had given reasons for not answering some of the demands, which she deemed unnecessary and irrelevant.

The Judge added that he was  satisfied that Waiguru responded to the interrogatories in accordance with the law.

In the case ,the Governor   wants Raila found liable as his assertions that she was aware of theft at the NYS meant she used her position to engage in corruption.