NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and his West Pokot counterpart John Lonyangapuo have told off their counterparts in the Jubilee Coalition for dismissing CORD leader Raila Odinga even before presenting his Eurobond dossier to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.
They said the CORD leader should be treated as a whistle-blower and accorded the chance to present his allegations on the loss of Sh140 billion raised through the Eurobond, instead of attacking him prematurely.
“I wish to challenge my fellow Jubilee legislators not to rush in condemning and demonising CORD leader Raila Odinga but to allow due process of law to take its due course. We are aware, Raila as the leader of the official Opposition has the constitutional mandate to oversight and to keep on toes the national government provided their mutual respect to the Executive.”
“Whistle-blowers on various scams should be accommodated and their views, claims and allegations on specific graft handled with the care that they deserve. The EACC, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) among others should act on dossiers by opposition leaders, members of the civil society and the general public,” he said.
The Senators claimed Jubilee MPs had been summoned from their constituencies to attend the press conference in Nairobi on Wednesday at Serena Hotel.
“It is wrong for our leaders Duale and Kindiki to call our members from recess to come and oppose Raila even before we know whether the dossier with opposition is authentic,” said Sonko.
The two Senators who addressed a press conference at Parliament buildings said they fully support the Opposition leader’s initiative in helping the government fight rampant corruption.
“When you see professor Senator number 1 and you see Senator Sonko, Senator number 2, it means thinks should not be the way they are going we don’t want the before that was going on before, similar to what you see on television of the programme, Tom and Jerry, to be played in the arena of Kenya. Raila should be allowed to table what he thinks he has if it is authentic and I don’t think he is a mad man,” Lonyangapuo said.
Sonko added: “if Raila has a dossier and he thinks he cannot go to the EACC let him give that dossier to me as the senator of Kenya and as the senator of Nairobi and I will go with that dossier to the EACC. I partially saw that dossier in Homa Bay when I had gone for my friend, the Governor’s (Evans Kidero) dad’s burial and it is implicating the National Treasury officials of corruptions. Raila has people inside our government who are giving him information so let us give him, this information.”
They cited the recent campaign by the CORD leader who called for the resignation of Anne Waiguru from the Devolution Ministry, sparking outrage from a section of Jubilee leaders.
“We all remember the National Youth Service scam where initially Raila was called names, abused, intimidated and even threatened him with legal action but all his claims came to pass. Based on his dossier our beloved CS Anne Waiguru resigned, PS Peter Mangiti, NYS Director General Nelson Githinji and their team was arraigned in court over misappropriation of millions of taxpayers’ money,” said the Nairobi County Senator.