, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7 – Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale has fired back at Homabay senator Otieno Kajwang’ telling him to go ahead and sue him for linking him to corruption.
The unapologetic Duale relayed the message through his Twitter handle saying, “Hon. Kajwang’ should carry his own cross. Already 104 persons have been deported and 15 senior officers suspended. My lawyers are ready.”
Earlier in the day, Kajwang’ had dismissed the allegations levelled against him and gave Duale a three-day notice to publish evidence of his involvement in corrupt activities when he was Immigration Minister or face legal action.
“He must publish those that I, Otieno Kajwang’ issued with work permits, citizenships, passports and detailed particulars of each irregularity or illegality as alleged,” Kajwang’ told journalists during a press conference.
In his defence, Kajwang’ clarified that he did issue work permits, citizenships, passports and detailed particulars to persons who had applied and had gone through the proper procedure and had the necessary documentation, reiterating that he was basically performing his functions as the Immigration Minister.
Kajwang’ has maintained his innocence saying the jubilee administration was on a witch-hunting mission to soil his name and that of members of the CORD coalition and told the government to stop blaming the Opposition for its shortcomings.
Duale had on Wednesday intimated that once the government was done resolving the land grabbing claims in Lamu and other parts of the country where land ownership conflicts are causing strife, the Immigration Department was next in line.
In response to the statement, Kajwang’ asked the government to allow institutions set up by the constitution to exercise their mandate as it was interfering with their functions.
He also termed the recent pronouncements by Jubilee MPs as an act of panic over the impending referendum which the CORD leaders are agitating for.
Kajwang’ is the latest CORD member to have been associated with corruption activities which the Jubilee government insists was prevalent in the Grand-Coalition government.