Embattled Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu was left red-faced during the Mashujaa day celebrations at the Mama Ngina waterfront in Mombasa on Sunday, October 20.
Waititu headed to the even but ended up on the sidelines of the event after he realised there was no seat reserved for him in the VIP section.
The Kiambu Governor arrived early before other governors and moved around the VIP section when he did not find his seat he settled on a seat reserved for Mombasa Woman Representative Asha Hussein.
Daily Nation reported that a few minutes later, some of the organisers walked to where Waititu was and had a quick chat with him, upon which he picked a phone call.
It was not clear exactly what Waititu was told by the organisers but he immediately 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.
The NMG publication claimed that the organisers had clear orders not to allow leaders who were battling court cases or under any kind of investigations onto the podium.
“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 told Daily nation.
On the same note, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa also attended the event but had to sit on the sidelines after missing a seat on the podium.
Both leaders have cases pending in court where Waititu is being charged with the loss of Ksh588 million hform the coffers of Kiambu county.
Jumwa was recently released on bail after her arrest and consequent charging following the storming of an ODM meeting in Ganda ward which left one man dead.
She is also under investigations from DCI on the loss of Ksh 500 million.
During the launch of the SGR in Suswa Waititu suffered the same fate as he was denied access to the president.