Let’s avoid witch-hunt in fight against graft, Mu­tua urges

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Machakos Gov­er­nor Al­fred Mu­tua (pic­tured) yes­ter­day said cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions against him are a political witch-hunt. With­out di­rectly re­fer­ring to two crim­i­nal cases he faces in court for abuse of of­fice and il­le­gal pur­chase of ve­hi­cles, he said “cor­rup­tion must be fought prop­erly.” “We need to take cor­rup­tion head-on, but let’s get the right peo­ple, not hound­ing in­no­cents work­ing hard to en­sure de­vel­op­ment,” Mu­tua said. He spoke dur­ing the Mashu­jaa Day cel­e­bra­tions in Machakos. The func­tion was presided over by Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta. Mu­tua warned that un­less the anti-graft war is ob­jec­tive, “the real thieves of public funds will walk scot-free.” “We will lose the fight,” he said. The Court of Ap­peal last Thurs­day stopped Mu­tua’s pros­e­cu­tion. Jus­tices GBM Kar­iuki, Fes­tus Azan­galala and ole Kan­tai granted the or­der block­ing the Di­rec­tor of Public Prose­cu­tions and the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion from ar­rest­ing and charg­ing the gov­er­nor. On Septem­ber 23, Jus­tice Isaac Le­naola is­sued or­ders al­low­ing the DPP to com­mence a crim­i­nal case against Mu­tua over the pur­chase of 16 ve­hi­cles for county of­fi­cials. On pol­i­tics, Mu­tua said his Maen­deleo Chap Chap Move­ment will work closely with Ju­bilee at the next polls. “Chap Chap will sup­port de­vel­op­ment and I think we will sup­port you [Uhuru] for a sec­ond term,” he said. Mu­tua urged the Ukam­bani peo­ple to re­ject empty rhetoric from self­ish lead­ers. “We don’t want pol­i­tics of poverty of one or two peo­ple,” he said.

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