DP Ruto de­fends Uhuru’s sis­ter over Sh5bn Afya House scan­dal

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

MATHEWS NDANYI/ DEPUTY Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto has de­fended Pres­i­dent Keny­atta’s sis­ter Nyok­abi Muthama, who has been linked to the Sh5 bil­lion scan­dal at the Min­istry of Health, say­ing she should not be tar­geted for be­ing a mem­ber of the First Fam­ily.

Ruto said Uhuru’s sis­ter, cousin or any other rel­a­tive has the right to en­gage in busi­ness.

“They are talk­ing of Uhuru’s sis­ter, is she not a woman like oth­ers? Uhuru can­not have a sis­ter who is a man. She must be re­spected as a woman on her own, in­stead of be­ing tar­geted just be­cause she is the Pres­i­dent’s sis­ter,” the DP said.

He said all women and youth had been given the right to do busi­ness and it was wrong for the Op­po­si­tion and the me­dia to tar­get Uhuru’s kin.

Firms in which Uhuru’s sis­ter Nyok­abi and cousin Kath­leen Ki­hanya are direc­tors are some of those that ben­e­fited from Afya House mil­lions. Ruto spoke at St Joseph’s Kabyemit Catholic Church in El­doret yes­ter­day.

“We should not tar­get peo­ple be­cause they are sis­ter or brother to so and so and, or they come from this or that fam­ily”, said the DP.

He said the Op­po­si­tion and the me­dia should fight graft us­ing facts, in­stead of pro­pa­ganda and false re­ports. The draft au­dit re­port which ex­posed the scan­dals at Afya House had to be in­ves­ti­gated fur­ther and should not be used to tar­get any­one.

Ruto said firm ac­tion will be taken against pub­lic ser­vants and pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als al­leged to be in­volved in the loss of more than Sh5 bil­lion at the Min­istry of Health.

Ruto says the au­dit re­port that re­vealed the scan­dal was ini­ti­ated by the gov­ern­ment, but fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions were be­ing car­ried out on the scan­dal.

He said all Kenyans had the right to do busi­ness any­where in the coun­try, so long as they fol­low the law.

Ruto claimed the Op­po­si­tion was so en­vi­ous of the suc­cess of the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tions it is now harp­ing on scan­dals to dis­credit the gov­ern­ment.

He said the cur­rent al­leged Sh5.3 bil­lion Health scam is an­other agenda brought forth by the Op­po­si­tion in a bid to tar­nish the gov­ern­ment.

“They started with the SGR, the Lap­top project, the mod­ern­iza­tion of the roads, Health equip­ment for hos­pi­tals, the Eu­robond and now they are claim­ing that Sh5 bil­lion has been stolen from the Health min­istry, but all this is not true”, said Ruto.

Also present were MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Njogu Barua (Gichugu), Elisha Busienei (Turbo) and James Bett (Kesses), among oth­ers.

Ruto said the Op­po­si­tion was us­ing the al­leged scan­dals to di­vert at­ten­tion from their own prob­lems, in­clud­ing the fail­ure to pick a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date who will face off with Ju­bilee next year.

He said all the Op­po­si­tion knows well is to or­gan­ise demon­stra­tions that are of no ben­e­fit to Kenyans.

Kuria also told off the Op­po­si­tion for tar­get­ing Uhuru’s fam­ily in the scan­dal.

He main­tained that ev­ery Kenyan has a right to ap­ply for gov­ern­ment ten­ders, ir­re­spec­tive of the close re­la­tions they have with those in gov­ern­ment.

“It shouldn’t be a big deal just be­cause it’s about Uhuru’s fam­ily. When Raila Odinga was in power he en­sured that all his relatives were ap­pointed to po­si­tions”, claimed Kuria.

Barua urged Kenyans to re­ject the Op­po­si­tion next year and re­elect Ju­bilee.

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