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The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

IRST Lady Mar­gret Keny­atta has been run­ning her­self lame in an ef­fort to help our moth­ers and ba­bies through her Be­yond Zero ini­tia­tive. But with the lat­est scan­dal at the Min­istry of Health, it seems there are peo­ple in this gov­ern­ment who want her to run un­til she col­lapses, be­fore re­al­is­ing the no­ble ob­jec­tives of her ini­tia­tives.

The dec­la­ra­tion by Health Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Cleopa Mailu that no money was lost in the lat­est scan­dal to hit the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment just proves the chal­lenges that con­front the First Lady. Even more wor­ri­some is his as­ser­tion that the al­leged loss of funds at the min­istry is a scan­dal that never was.

The CS made the claims soon af­ter Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto was quoted as say­ing that the Ju­bilee regime has a clear track record on fight­ing cor­rup­tion. The po­si­tion taken by these two high-rank­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials on this very sad and sen­si­tive mat­ter is laugh­able. If the regime has any anti-graft track record, then it should place it on the ta­ble for Kenyans to savour and take their pick.

Yet, the re­ac­tion of the gov­ern­ment this far does not give us the small­est hint that it is in­ter­ested in the war on cor­rup­tion.

CS James Macharia and PS Nicholas Muraguri on whose watch this scan­dal was au­thored, are still well en­sconced in their po­si­tions.

Macharia is pre­sid­ing over the multi-bil­lion-shilling min­istry even as the de­tails of what ex­actly he pre­sides over get murkier by the day.

If the Pres­i­dent were ever in­ter­ested in fight­ing cor­rup­tion, both Macharia and Muraguri would be out of their po­si­tions.

The Ju­bilee regime has no stom­ach for fight­ing cor­rup­tion. Be­yond rhetoric, there is noth­ing tan­gi­ble the gov­ern­ment has done or is will­ing to do to stop graft in its tracks.

And then there was the at­tempt by Ju­bilee to fo­cus its arse­nal on the Au­di­tor Gen­eral for al­leged cor­rup­tion in his of­fice.

Even if the Au­di­tor has trans­gressed against the law, the tim­ing of the at­tack on him by Ju­bilee does not look wise, par­tic­u­larly be­cause the pub­lic per­ceives his job in un­mask­ing high­level cor­rup­tion as splen­did.

The Ju­bilee regime has in­su­lated the se­cu­rity ten­ders from the Of­fice of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s over­sight. They have also given the Au­di­tor a deputy who is not con­tem­plated un­der the law. At the EACC, those in­ter­ested in fight­ing cor­rup­tion have not been al­lowed to ex­e­cute their man­date.

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