Mbadi and Kaluma want DP’s of­fice probed over NYS scan­dal

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

ODM wants the Of­fice of the Deputy Pres­i­dent in­ves­ti­gated over the Sh1.6 bil­lion Na­tional Youth Ser­vice scan­dal.

ODM na­tional chair­man John Mbadi and Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma said there is sus­pi­cion that some­body in DP Wil­liam Ruto’s of­fice was in­volved in loss of the money.

Speak­ing to the Star on the phone yes­ter­day, Mbadi said Ruto en­gag­ing in pub­lic spats with for­mer Devo­lu­tion CS Anne Waig­uru in­di­cates some of the DP’s of­fice hold­ers might be in­volved. “Ruto was quiet be­fore Sen­a­tor Kipchumba Murkomen and Farouk Ki­bet were men­tioned,” he said.

Mbadi told Na­tional Assem­bly Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee chair­man Ni­cholas Gumbo to en­sure Ruto’s of­fice is in­ves­ti­gated. “This scan­dal is big­ger than Waig­uru alone. Any­body who demon­strates sus­pi­cion should be in­ves­ti­gated, be­cause it is ev­i­dent Kenyans lost large amounts of money in the NYS scan­dal,” he said.

Mbadi urged Ruto to apol­o­gise to Cord leader Raila Odinga for crit­i­cis­ing him when he first spoke about the lost money. “Ruto should apol­o­gise to Raila for ac­cus­ing him of walk­ing up and down with false cor­rup­tion claims, yet he is the one who was on the wrong,” he said.

Kaluma (pic­tured) said Ruto’s ex­changes with Waig­uru demon­strates that Ju­bilee is not ready to fight cor­rup­tion. “We need a govern­ment that can fight cor­rup­tion,” he said. Kaluma urged Kenyans to vote out the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion next year. “Why should Kenyans give Ju­bilee a sec­ond term af­ter all these eco­nomic mess and sab­o­tage,” he said.

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