NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 5 – Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader Alfred Mutua says he fully supports the move by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate Governors suspected of embezzling public funds.
The Machakos County Governor however, wants similar investigation done on all public office bearers and action taken against those found to have looted public funds.
Speaking during a popularization tour of Embu County on Saturday, he lashed out at people who seek political office with the sole intent of using their offices as a ladder to quick riches by stealing public money.
“A similar audit of the wealth of all MCAs, MPs, Senators, Cabinet Secretaries and all public officers should be done. If a politician builds a big house or factory and his salary cannot manage such fetes, they could have stolen public resources and should be vetted,” he said.
Mutua also announced that his party will not issue tickets to individuals suspected of stealing public funds.
He said the country could have achieved greater milestones in poverty reduction and creation of wealth and job opportunities but those endeavours have for decades been stalled by people stealing from the public purse.
The Machakos Governor also defended President Uhuru Kenyatta’s track record especially the Standard Gauge Railway saying it sets pace for rapid development.
He said the laptop for schools programme had ripple effects in development of rural areas by installation of electricity to schools and villages, enabling teachers to acquire ICT skills and creating employment to assemblers.
However, a section of MCC aspirants in Embu allied to gubernatorial hopeful Leonard Muriuki skipped Mutua’s tour claiming Senator Lenny Kivuti was being favoured.
Muriuki claimed that they had been sidelined during the planning of the two-day visit and Kivuti was left to control Mutua’s itinerary.
Those allied to Muriuki accused Mutua of favouritism and threatened to would boycott the visit saying they were mauling leaving the party.