Op­po­si­tion lead­ers told to speak out on graft in ‘Cord zones’

They are warned they can­not just lam­baste the Ju­bilee-led gov­ern­ment for cor­rup­tion, while ig­nor­ing loot­ing in coun­ties run by ODM and other par­ties

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General - JAMES MBAKA @onchir­im­baka

Op­po­si­tion lead­ers are walk­ing a tightrope as their lieu­tenants pres­sure them to de­nounce mas­sive cor­rup­tion in Cord coun­ties, not just the Ju­bilee-led gov­ern­ment. The mes­sage is no dou­ble stan­dard. This comes amid re­ports of al­leged loss of funds in some Cord-con­trolled coun­ties. Cord co-prin­ci­pals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses We­tang’ula have been told to speak out against cor­rup­tion wher­ever it oc­curs.

In the big­gest county scam on record, an es­ti­mated Sh1.18 bil­lion was al­legedly stolen from the Kil­ifi county ex­ec­u­tive ac­counts. Ama­son Kingi of ODM is the Kil­ifi gov­er­nor.

The money is said to have been si­phoned to as­sorted com­pa­nies, fol­low­ing al­leged in­fil­tra­tion of the In­te­grated Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment Sys­tem.

Yes­ter­day, Ford Kenya deputy party leader Boni Khal­wale and Wiper sec­re­tary gen­eral Has­san Omar said the three prin­ci­pals should step up and speak against loss of pub­lic funds.

“We in Cord have said that cor­rup­tion knows nei­ther Ju­bilee nor Cord. We must speak in one voice against this vice that is cost­ing Kenyans a for­tune,” Omar, who is also the Se­na­tor of Mom­basa, said.

Khal­wale said, “A lot of money is be­ing lost daily and this is un­ac­cept­able.”

Re­fer­ring to the col­lapse of a sec­tion of the Sh1 bil­lion Bukhungu Sta­dium, Khal­wale, also the Kakamega se­na­tor, said tax­pay­ers’ lost the money due to “reck­less­ness”.

“Kakamega is con­trolled by ODM. We saw the cav­ing in of this sta­dium. This is an­other form of cor­rup­tion that must be nipped in the bud,” he said.

ODM deputy party leader and key Raila ally Wy­cliffe Oparanya is the gov­er­nor for Kakamega.

The fu­ture of the multi-bil­lion shilling sta­dium in Kakamega county now hangs in the bal­ance af­ter the Sen­ate tried to halt con­struc­tion.

Oparanya was given 10 days to sub­mit a de­tailed state­ment on the pos­si­ble causes of the cave-in and pro­vide de­tails on pro­cure­ment.

Ki­haru MP Irungu Kang’ata said Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto have taken the lead in de­nounc­ing any form of cor­rup­tion in the coun­ties.

“All of the im­peach­ment mo­tions against gover­nors, which have come to the Sen­ate, touch on Ju­bilee gover­nors,” he said.

/HEZRON NJOROGE

Kakamega Se­na­tor Boni Khal­wale and his Mom­basa coun­ter­part Has­san Omar when the Sen­ate Pub­lic Ac­counts and In­vest­ments Com­mit­tee met Makueni Gov­er­nor Kivutha Kib­wana yes­ter­day

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