By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27
After being linked to several graft scandals in the country, the latest being Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal which cost taxpayers Kshs.21 billion ($21 million), the Deputy President William Ruto is in hot soup as leaders push for his apprehension over corruption.
Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina has asked the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to take a bold step and nab Ruto over numerous graft scandals implicating him. He further urged the investigative agency not to fear or favor any individual in a renewed war on sleaze.
Ole Kina decried over the state in which Kenyans live in saying Kenyan economy has been brought to its knees by selfish and greedy leaders who keep on looting public funds. He wondered why they roam freely despite the existence of the evidence.
“We are asking the DCI to do his work. Arrest Ruto without fear if he is corrupt. Corruption has made Kenyans poor because few leaders are stealing from them with no tangible development,” he said.
Two days ago, Ruto and his allies accused the DCI boss George Kinoti of being used by their opponents to undermine the government projects in the name of fighting graft. He claimed Mr. Kinoti has a motive of derailing development in order to scuttle President Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy.
“I want to be clear that we fully support the fight against corruption. But we will resist and reject any attempts to weave political narratives and propaganda into the projects in the name of fighting graft,” Ruto said.
His bigwigs led by Nandi Senator Stephen Sang had also stated that President Uhuru Kenyatta is conniving with the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to cause animosity against Ruto and his community, Kalenjin. Sang termed Mr. Kinoti as an errand boy appointed by Mr. Kenyatta to harass the deputy President’s community members.
“We will not allow you to use Kinoti and the Director of Public Prosecution to fight political battles and we fear you are taking this country to the dogs,” reiterated Sang.
They further argued that the DCI has no role in the anti-corruption fight and therefore should step aside and let the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission do the job.
The mandates of DCI as outlined by the Constitution include collecting and providing criminal intelligence, maintain law and order, detect and prevent crime, apprehend offenders, maintain criminal records and undertake investigations on serious crimes such as homicides, narcotics, money laundering and economic crimes.
In rejoinder, Mr. Kinoti vowed not to back off in the war against graft.
“This war will continue. We are not intimidated whatsoever. The Constitution gives the National Police Service express authority to fight corruption,” noted Kinoti.