, NAIROBI, Kenya, November 26 – Deputy President William Ruto says no one should defend corruption within the counties and urged those doing so to allow investigation agencies to do their job.
Speaking in Tharaka Nithi, the Deputy President stated the government’s commitment to deal with corrupt individuals decisively.
“We want to say this clearly about this corruption which is taking place in counties. Those people who are defending the counties are the ones who are benefiting from this corruption and they should come out and reveal what they are doing. And even when they are asked questions, they say that the Jubilee government owns EACC (the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission).” he said.
He described the agencies tasked with probing corruption as independent and indicated that they cannot be swayed by the government or any individual.
“They say that police matters are Jubilee’s, the courts are controlled by Jubilee and that the DPP is under Jubilee. What kind of constitution are they reading from?” he posed.
“The Kenyan Constitution says that the Director of Public prosecutions, the Anti-Corruption Commission, the courts and even the Inspector General himself are independent of any political party. They don’t report to Jubilee, they don’t report to CORD.”
He further stated that the fight against corruption is the responsibility of every one regardless of party affiliation.
“So they should stop deceiving Kenyans that they cannot be responsible. We need to be very clear, everyone be they a party leader or anyone else, they must be accountable especially where corruption is concerned,” he said.
Ruto’s sentiments came even as Coalition for Reforms and Democracy co-principal Raila Odinga defended Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi against corruption accusations, painting him as a model fighter against the vice and one President Uhuru Kenyatta should emulate.
Odinga has been under intense pressure from the ruling Jubilee Party and the Church to condemn Governor Kingi’s administration for the loss of Sh51 million.
He had stated that unlike President Kenyatta and Ruto, Kingi took the fight to the suspects’ doorstep and did not resort to a blame game.
State House however hit back immediately, stating that he had double standards which betrayed a deep conflict of interests.