Videos of embattled Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu being kicked out of a function presided over by President Kenyatta have surfaced on social media.
In one of the videos, Governor Waititu is seen seated at the VIP dais during Mashujaa Day celebrations held at Mama Ngina Waterfront in Mombasa on Sunday.
Shortly after, men believed to be President Kenyatta’s handlers approach Governor Waititu and appear to ask him to vacate the dais.
How Waititu was chased away in Mombasa yesterday during the Mashujaa day celebrations.
You know who had invited him. pic.twitter.com/CUwJ8nuSvQ
— Mr. Kinuthia Pius. (@Belive_Kinuthia) October 21, 2019
A compliant Waititu rises up from the seat and begins walking away from the dais as he shakes hands with some of the security officials. He is later seen feigning a phone call and walks out of the event altogether.
The incident came days after Governor Waititu encountered a similar treatment after security officers blocked him from going near President Kenyatta during the launch of the Nairobi-Suswa Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) last week.
In the incident, a President’s bodyguard was seen physically blocking Waititu from shaking hands with Kenyatta.
Waititu is facing corruption charges that have seen the court bar him from performing the roles of a Governor until the case is concluded.
Waititu recently requested to return the money that was lost in the corruption case facing him in exchange for the charges to be dropped but the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji reportedly rejected the plea, according to media reports.
It is not clear who gave the instructions for Waititu to be blocked from the events but sources told Daily Nation that organizers were under strict commands not to allow leaders battling graft cases.
“That order was given to the organizing team by State House. The President has, for some time, been keen on avoiding leaders either facing court cases or under active investigations,” Daily Nation quoted the source.
In August, President Uhuru declared that leaders accused of corruption will have to carry their own cross as things had changed.
“No one will be there to help you. Those days where you could make calls seeking help are over. The phones have now been switched off. You will have to remove yourself from your own mess,” President Kenyatta said.