NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 4 – Opposition leaders Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi have defended President Uhuru Kenyatta’s refusal to give in to public pressure and list members of his government who are investigated of corruption related issues.
Speaking after the State of Nation Address at Parliament Buildings, the Wiper Leader said that the writing was however on the wall for the corrupt individuals stating that it is only a matter of time before investigations catch up with them.
“He has said that his actions will not be based on media narratives which have rallied his resolve. I think the President is very clear and you don’t expect him to read a list, I don’t think that is right but the writing is clearly on the wall,” he said.
Mudavadi appealed to some of the senior government personalities who include Cabinet Secretaries to step aside even though the President stopped short of naming them.
“There some individuals who are holding public office and have been regular visitors to the offices of investigation agencies. I think they owe it to Kenyans to resign before the courts catch up with them.”
“The President fell short of telling them resign; the noble thing to do after listening to the President’s speech, is to say I shall not wait to be taken to court, I would rather the investigations proceed when I am out. That should be the position,” said the Amani National Congress party leader.
The two leaders said a section of Jubilee MPs should not try to water down the President’s commitment towards fighting corruption, through attempts to whittle down the powers of investigative agencies
“He has repeated more than 10 times that there is no turning back in the war against corruption. This fight against corruption must be won,” Musyoka added.
The war on graft has caused major rifts among politicians with some accusing investigating authorities of being biased and targeting a certain community.
The President began his speech on Thursday with the slogan “no turning back” to assert his commitment in eliminating some of the perennial challenges facing the country that range from an affordable quality health sector, food security, security and the elephant in the room- corruption.
“The investigative agencies have one major obligation, they must seal all the loop holes and they must provide concrete and hard evidence, they must not fumble,” Mudavadi added as he stressed that Kenyans are increasing growing fatigued by the empty rhetoric in the war against corruption.