Raila faults state for ban­ditry, theft of funds

Says gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials should re­sign for fail­ing to end crime and loot­ing of pub­lic money. De­scribes it as akin to failed state

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General - STEPHEN RUTTO @TheS­tarKenya

The day­light ban­ditry at­tacks in Ke­rio Val­ley cou­pled with brazen cor­rup­tion only hap­pen in failed states, Cord leader Raila Odinga has said.

In a scathing at­tack dur­ing his Tues­day tour of Uasin Gishu and El­geyo Marak­wet coun­ties, the op­po­si­tion chief ac­cused the state of fail­ing to end in­se­cu­rity and loot­ing of pub­lic funds.

“It is sur­pris­ing that day­light at­tacks are tak­ing place when we have a func­tional gov­ern­ment... This is a gov­ern­ment that should re­sign,” Raila said.

The for­mer Prime Min­is­ter spoke in Ch­esongoch, Ke­rio Val­ley. He said it was shame­ful that women have been forced to live in caves since the be­gin­ning of the year.

Raila hit out at se­cu­rity agen­cies, ac­cus­ing them of pur­su­ing petty of­fend­ers while ban­dits have a field day in the Val­ley.

“Po­lice have a duty to pro­tect all Kenyans. They should stop ha­rass­ing in­no­cent lo­cals tak­ing busaa and chang’aa while dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals go scot-free,” he said.

The ODM leader said Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto’s re­cent visit to the area was in­con­se­quen­tial as it was fol­lowed by a se­ries of ban­dit at­tacks.

“I’m told Ruto was around, and cat­tle rustling took place as soon as he left. What kind of visit was that?” Raila asked.

The ODM leader urged Marak­wets to ap­ply for IDs and reg­is­ter to vote so they can re­move Ju­bilee from gov­ern­ment next year. He said the state has marginalised the com­mu­nity.

The sack­ing of David Kimaiyo as In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice and later as Kenya Air­ports Author­ity board chair- man was part of a plot to marginalise the Marak­wet com­mu­nity, Raila said.

He had ear­lier vis­ited Moiben, Uasin Gishu county, where he asked in­di­vid­u­als men­tioned in the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice scan­dal and the al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of Sh3.2 bil­lion at the Min­istry of Health to step aside to pave for proper in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“I warned about the loot­ing in NYS, but they said no money was lost. They are now ad­mit­ting that money was in­deed lost,” Raila said af­ter he was in­stalled a Kalen­jin el­der.

He was with Butere MP An­drew To­boso, Homa Bay woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Gla­dys Wanga, MPs John Mbadi (Suba), Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town), Mil­lie Od­hi­ambo (Mbita) and Simba Arati (Dagoretti North).

Kenya Red Cross So­ci­ety se­nior of­fi­cial Muham­mud Said on Mon­day said an ir­ri­ga­tion pro­ject in Tot and Kolowa has stalled af­ter farm­ers fled.

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