NYERI, Kenya, Nov 6 – Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday while launching development projects in Nyeri told former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru to carry her own cross and leave his office out of the National Youth Service scam amounting to Sh791 million.
Waiguru had on Thursday, when she appeared before the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly probing the scam, linked his aide Farouk Kibet to those facing charges over the suspected fraud. The following morning the headlines screamed ‘Ruto office linked to NYS scam.”
She had previously however, in an affidavit, made the same connections.
And so it was on Saturday that the Deputy President, who has himself had to fight off a number of corruption accusations, asked her to keep his office out of the NYS going-ons.
“Where there is theft of public resources as in case of NYS under Waiguru we take action. Those who are there must take responsibility,” said Ruto putting forward the argument that ultimately she was in-charge of the Ministry when the fraud took place.
His remarks were initially targeted at the opposition, with the aim of defending the Jubilee administration against their accusations of abuse of office.
“In short, we have not protected civil servants who engage in corruption,” the Deputy President defended.
He was continuing a thread that began on Friday when himself and President Uhuru Kenyatta accused the opposition of politicising the fight against corruption during the Jubilee Party’s National Governing Council meeting held at the Bomas of Kenya.