Raila: I have every right to expose corruption

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RAILA ODINGA

My attention has been drawn to comments made over the weekend by the Deputy President questioning my legitimacy in speaking out on corruption in Kenya.

As Archbishop Wabukala of the Anglican Church announced last week, corruption has become a national disaster. The Jubilee government has overseen the most precipitous decline in Kenya’s reputation where corruption is concerned among its own people and the international community as well.

In a recent corruption perception index, Kenya has overtaken countries long associated with the vice in Africa. Worse still, the ever-increasing number and scale of scandals indicate a level of impunity that is unprecedented in our history.

So much so that it poses a risk to Kenya’s very stability as a State and threatens our peace as corruption destroys our institutions of governance.

Yet other than platitudes and hollow promises, the Jubilee administration has failed catastrophically in dealing with corruption. Virtually every dawn begins with a new revelation of a new scandal conceived and executed by Jubilee, followed predictably by warnings.

What has changed now, two years into their administration, is that Kenyans at large recognise this alarming reality. They no longer believe the President and Deputy President. I shall continue to speak out, warn, empathise with citizens and play my rightful role as leader of the Opposition in Kenya.

Indeed, I would urge the Deputy President to stop further platitudes and statements on corruption. They only serve to disillusion, disgust, anger and disappoint the people of Kenya.

MARCH 23, 2015.

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