President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya:Kenyatta answers critics over corruption links

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta has dared leaders who have accused him of stealing public resources to present their evidence to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), an investigative agency.

“I heard someone saying that I had stolen somebody else’s property, I want to tell them to go to the DCI offices and report that Uhuru Kenyatta has stolen,” said the President.

On Sunday, March 3, legislator Oscar Sudi, Ruto’s staunch defender, said President Kenyatta and the opposition leader Raila Odinga should not look like saints in the fight against graft noting they had a hand in some scandals in the country.

He further took a swipe at the duo for using the handshake to scuttle William Ruto’s presidential bid. He also claimed that DCI is being used to frustrate the innocent in the fight against the vice.

“You have caused the sacking of many innocent people and their cries will not go free. If you do not want certain people just tell them to resign instead of faking graft charges,” said Sudi.

Delivering his speech at the onset of the sixth annual Devolution Conference in Kirinyaga County, Central part of the country, the Head of the State refuted claims that the fight against corruption targets specific individual and community.

The Commander-in-Chief also warned leaders against politicizing the war graft asking them to allow the relevant agencies mandated to fight the menace.

“This war on graft will not be won in funerals and weddings or anywhere else, we have those who have been tasked with the responsibility of fighting that battle. And I, as well as other Kenyans, believe that those people are capable of doing that work,” Kenyatta said.

The tough-talking Uhuru revealed that there is a proactive programme in place to bring to an end the graft as well as recover the stolen property.

He called on governors to support him fight the sleaze by mitigating it at staff level in the devolved units. He promised to call for stakeholders meeting to discuss on how to lower high wage bills at the county level.

He gave an example of a county which had 6,000 employees and spent Kshs.6 billion ($6 million) out of Kshs.9 billion ($9 million) on its recurrent budget while another spent Kshs.6 million ($600,000) to administer Kshs.800 million ($8 million).

“I call on all governors to join me in this generational struggle where we must emphatically say No to corruption and reign in on the corrupt within our respective governments with this shared renewed zeal,” said the Head of the State.

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