Raila dares gov­ern­ment to ar­rest and charge Au­di­tor Gen­eral Ed­ward Ouko

Raila says Uhuru has no pow­ers to bar Au­di­tor Gen­eral from trav­el­ling to the US to probe how Sh215 bil­lion Eurobond cash was banked or trans­ferred

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Cord leader Raila Odinga has dared the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment to ar­rest Au­di­tor Gen­eral Ed­ward Ouko for al­legedly fail­ing to ac­count for Sh100 mil­lion his of­fice used to buy of­fice equip­ment.

Raila ac­cused Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta of try­ing to fan a case against Ouko, and said he will not suc­ceed.

He said the op­po­si­tion will call coun­try­wide demon­stra­tions “like what hap­pened in Brazil” if Ouko is pros­e­cuted.

Raila spoke at Ny­acheki market yes­ter­day, when he drummed up sup­port for ODM can­di­date Naf­tal Onkoba in the Ny­acheki MCA by- elec­tion. For­mer MCA Peter On­geri died in July, creat­ing the va­cancy.

On the gov­ern­ment’s plan to bar Ouko from trav­el­ling to the US to in­ves­ti­gate how Sh215 bil­lion of the Eurobond cash was spent, Raila said Ouko is an in­de­pen­dent of­fi­cial.

“The Pres­i­dent must un­der­stand the staff at the Of­fice of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral do not need his per­mis­sion to per­form their du­ties,” he said.

Raila told Uhuru to re­sign be­cause “he ad­mit­ted to be­ing un­able to fight graft dur­ing Gover­nance and Ac­count­abil­ity Sum­mit at State House, Nairobi, last week.”

He said if elected, he will deal with “all the ills the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments have com­mit­ted which have de­nied Kenyans the right to ac­cess proper ser­vices”. Raila urged res­i­dents to vote for Onkoba dur­ing the by­elec­tion slated for to­mor­row.

He said Onkoba will work with ODM to pro­vide ser­vices and im­ple­ment projects launched by On­geri.

Uhuru on Sun­day called for di­a­logue to weed out cor­rup­tion and ad­dress tribal con­flicts.

Speak­ing on be­half of the Pres­i­dent, spokesper­son Manoah Esip­isu urged Kenyans to use di­a­logue to ad­dress cor­rup­tion.

“Di­a­logue has a pre­mium place in this ad­min­is­tra­tion and we are pleased that the State House cor­rup­tion and gover­nance sum­mit was suc­cess­ful,” Esip­isu said in his weekly State House brief­ing.

/COLLINS KWEYU

PHOTO STORY A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Chi­nese Pho­to­graphic As­so­ci­a­tion Peng Wen­ling (right) shows vis­i­tors pic­tures taken in China at the Na­tional Mu­se­ums of Kenya dur­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing pho­tog­ra­phers from Kenya and China. The event was called the China-Kenya Pho­to­graphic Ex­hi­bi­tion

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