Tell Kenyans where the Sh215bn Eurobond cash is, Raila urges Ju­bilee

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

ODM leader Raila Odinga yes­ter­day asked the Ju­bilee govern­ment to ex­plain how the Sh215 bil­lion from the Eurobond pro­ceeds was spent, as the Au­di­tor Gen­eral says the money can­not be ac­counted for.

He ques­tioned why the govern­ment has been silent on this mat­ter for months un­til the re­port by the Au­di­tor Gen­eral yes­ter­day re­vealed the money was miss­ing.

“When I spoke about Eurobond theft, they said I was just mak­ing noise for po­lit­i­cal mileage. Now the Au­di­tor Gen­eral has let the cat out of the bag. Can they ex­plain where the money went?” Raila said in Kakamega when he met 1,000 party del­e­gates drawn in the county.

He said it is a pity Ju­bilee lead­ers con­tinue to tell Kenyans that all is well when the coun­try is in debt of about Sh3.3 tril­lion.

“Why is it dif­fi­cult for them to ac­count for the Eurobond money and ex­plain how it was spent?” Raila asked.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port by the Au­di­tor Gen­eral, Sh215 bil­lion from the con­tro­ver­sial Eurobond funds has not been ac­counted for, two years af­ter the govern­ment claimed the cash was al­lo­cated to min­istries.

Raila said this is un­ac­cept­able and Kenyans must be told the truth.

“When I wrote to the gov­er­nor of Cen­tral Bank to al­low me visit his of­fice to know how the money was spent, he wrote back to say it was a bank, client mat­ter, not a pub­lic mat­ter,” he said.

Raila added that they know how the money was stolen and its ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

“To­day, ev­ery Kenyan has a bur­den to bear. Even the un­born chil­dren are in­debted be­cause of the greed by peo­ple in the Ju­bilee govern­ment,” the Cord leader said.

Raila said the Eurobond money was a big scan­dal that should not be let go.

“These peo­ple are the same ones who have ru­ined the econ­omy of this coun­try. Sup­port­ing them is killing Kenya,” he said.

Del­e­gates at the meet­ing urged Odinga to launch his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, say­ing he is the most suit­able per­son to steer Kenya to the next level.

Kakamega Gov­er­nor Wy­cliffe Oparanya told mem­bers of the party to re­main stead­fast in sup­port of the party and Raila’s bid for the top seat.

“If there is any elected leader who is un­com­fort­able and wants to leave, please do it now, and to­mor­row I will be at your doorstep with your re­place­ment,” he said.

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