Ruto calls for swift probe into Kil­ifi saga

‘Ev­ery year, we give more than Sh9 bil­lion to the Kil­ifi county gov­ern­ment’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General - ELIAS YAA @yaa­juma

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto yes­ter­day di­rected in­ves­ti­ga­tors to en­sure cul­prits are ap­pre­hended in the al­leged theft of Sh1.18 bil­lion from the Kil­ifi gov­ern­ment ac­counts.

He di­rected the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion, the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions and po­lice to speed up in­ves­ti­ga­tions and ar­rest those be­hind the sus­pected loot­ing.

Speak­ing in Viten­geni af­ter open­ing the Godoma Tech­ni­cal Train­ing In­sti­tute, Ruto said the of­fi­cers in­volved in the theft should be held re­spon­si­ble.

“Ev­ery year, we give more than Sh9 bil­lion to the Kil­ifi gov­ern­ment. The first role is to make sure there is suf­fi­cient food for Kil­ifi peo­ple and health fa­cil­i­ties are run­ning well. If we hear that bil­lions are miss­ing from the county ac­counts, then we won­der why,” the DP said.

Kil­ifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro and his Kil­ifi South coun­ter­part Mustafa Idd urged Gov­er­nor Ama­son Kingi to step aside to al­low for in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Mung’aro said the funds were stolen un­der the gov­er­nor’s watch and he should step aside. He said if he does not step aside, it will be hard for cul­prits to be ap­pre­hended. “There is no way a ju­nior of­fi­cer will steal money with­out the knowl­edge of the gov­er­nor. If Cord leader Raila Odinga is a real cham­pion in the war on cor­rup­tion, let him start with Kil­ifi,” Mung’aro said.

MUNG’ARO SAID THE FUNDS WERE STOLEN UN­DER THE GOV­ER­NOR’S WATCH AND HE SHOULD STEP ASIDE

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