NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7 – Homabay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ has dared anyone with evidence linking him to corruption at the Immigration Ministry to table it, “instead of making wild allegations.”
He challenged National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale to publish each and every allegation in respect to his bank accounts and details of cheques paid into the accounts.
“If honourable Duale does not publish that information then three days hence, he will face one of the biggest court battles he has ever faced in his life,” Kajwang’ warned.
On Wednesday, Duale claimed there was evidence showing mobile and bank transactions from individuals Kajwang’ illegally gave work permits, passports and IDs to.
In his defence, Kajwang’ termed the allegations as a political witch-hunt adding that he together with his CORD counterpart Siaya Senator James Orengo will not be cowed. He went on to add that the Jubilee government was targeting CORD members for fear over their calls for a referendum.
“Let nobody think that by saying Kajwang’ is corrupt, Orengo is corrupt… tomorrow who is corrupt; Wetangula is corrupt that we will drop this referendum. No! this referendum will go on, and even if I am behind bars. In fact, I will campaign even better,” Kajwang’ quipped.
He maintained that he was blameless and wouldn’t lose sleep over the unsubstantiated statements.
Kajwang’ added that he was proud of the work he did at the ministry and was ready to prove it.
He further urged fellow lawmakers to respect the institutions of governance that have been established to conduct investigations on issues of corruption saying even the President overlooked the mandate of the National Land Commission when he revoked the titles of the 22 companies alleged to have grabbed land in Lamu County.
Kajwang’ who was accompanied by Dagoretti MP Simba Arati and Nyando MP Fred Outa appealed to the Jubilee government to deal with more pressing issues rather than blame the Opposition for every challenge they encountered.
Arati rubbished the allegations levelled against their colleagues saying if they (Jubilee) thought the revelations would cause discord in the party, they were wrong as this united them even more.
Orengo has remained adamant that he is innocent and did not participate in the alleged grabbing of half a million acres of land dished out to some 22 companies, whose directors are under investigation.
The Siaya Senator has promised to fight to the end until his innocence is proven.