NAROK, Kenya, May 26 – A section of leaders have asked the Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga to own up being part of the fake gold syndicate.
They said there was compelling evidence that the Opposition chief participated in the alleged gold crime.
Speaking in Narok East constituency on Saturday where Deputy President William Ruto launched various development projects, the leaders said it was time the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) recorded statement from Odinga over the scam.
Those who spoke were Samuel Ole Tunai, Narok East MP Ken Aramat, Narok Woman Representative Soipan Tuya, Nominated MP David Sankok and Mwala MP Vincent Musyoka.
They said the ODM leader cannot be part of the criminal transaction and pretend to be a whistle-blower at the same time “after he had been unmasked”.
“We call on the investigating agencies to do their work over the fake gold. If Mr Odinga does not record a statement, then we would know that the DCI is engaging in a cover up,” said the Narok Women Representative.
She regretted that individuals pushing for their interests would go to an extend of tainting Kenya’s international profile.
“We are now at risk of being tagged criminals by foreigners. Yet, for a long time, we have guarded our image globally,” noted Tuya.
Aramat urged Mr Odinga and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula to refund the money offered to them for the supply of the said gold.
He noted that it was sad that leaders of their stature would engage in shady businesses.
“Yet they would move around the country purporting to be anti-corruption crusaders. What an irony?” He posed.
Sankok noted that some people who had been known for their political conmanship had gone a notch higher to engage in “international conmanship”.
“They are now making foreign trips swindling leaders of their money in the name of selling them gold. We should not allow such people to be our leaders,” said Sankok.
He was supported by Musyoka who called on Odinga to carry his own cross in the gold scam.
“You cannot ask Kenyans to support your leadership yet you are engaging in criminal activities in foreign countries,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ruto challenged his fellow leaders to use the available space for the transformation of the country.
“Let us serve Kenyans diligently. We are past giving empty stories which cannot change Kenya,” he said.
On his part, Governor Tunai asked leaders to unite and embrace the politics that is founded on bettering the lives of Kenyans.
Aramat said the development pace set by President Uhuru Kenyatta called for an energetic and focused leader like Ruto.
“We want more homes connected to power. We would want to see more Kenyans access clean drinking water, affordable housing, and ample food. This can only be done by development-conscious leader like the Deputy President,” he said.
The Mwala MP asked Kenyans to rally behind Dr Ruto in 2022 when he seeks Kenya’s top political seat.
“He has shown his hunger to transform this country. He has the energy and the will that is much needed,” he added.