Raila: Sack DP Ruto over NYS scan­dal

For­mer PM says Ruto should be dis­missed be­cause Farouk Ki­bet and Kipchumba Murkomen got cash. Calls for life­style au­dit of the DP

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - BY EDWIN NYARANGI @Ed­winN­yarangi

CORD leader Raila Odinga yes­ter­day launched a scathing at­tack on Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto, urg­ing Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta to fire him over the NYS scam.

Speak­ing to the Star on the phone, the ODM leader said the fact that Ruto’s aide Farouk Ki­bet and his close ally Sen­a­tor Kipchumba Murkomen have been linked to the scan­dal is rea­son enough for the DP to take po­lit­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Both are re­ported to have re­ceived cash from NYS sus­pects and have recorded state­ments with the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion.

“Those two are his peo­ple. Ki­bet re­ceived cash. We need to know on whose be­half and ex­actly how much he re­cieved. Ruto can­not con­tinue to walk around and at­tack other sus­pects when his own of­fice has been linked to the scan­dal.

“He must take po­lit­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity”, said Raila.

There has been a blame game be­tween for­mer Devo­lu­tion Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Anne Waig­uru, and busi­ness­peo­ple/NYS sus­pects Josephine Kabura and Ben Gethi and Murkomen.

Waig­uru has men­tioned Murkomen and Ki­bet many times in re­la­tion to the mul­ti­ple bil­lion-shilling scan­dal and both have stren­u­ously ac­cused her of ly­ing.

On Fri­day, Murkomen launched into a tirade against Waig­uru that in- cluded singing our loud. Among other things, Murkomen, a lawyer, said Waig­uru should be ar­rested and face the con­se­quences or the law should be changed and grand theft be de­clared law­ful.

When at­tack­ing Waig­uru two weeks ago, Ruto said those be­hind the NYS scam should be be­hind bars, adding that some of the cor­rup­tion ev­i­dence is in the pub­lic do­main and “there is no need for in­ves­ti­ga­tions” be­cause there is ev­i­dence that money was lost on her min­is­te­rial watch.

“Give us a break. Those be­hind theft of pub­lic funds can­not be cat-walk­ing around freely, giv­ing Kenyans a lot of ‘English lec­tures’ on what ac­tu­ally transpired. Let us be hon­est and call a spade a spade: It is open pub­lic funds were lost,” said an ag­i­tated Deputy Pres­i­dent.

“Surely, when a hair­dresser [a ref­er­ence Kabura] reg­is­ters 20 com­pa­nies and con­fesses that she ac­tu­ally car­ried away mil­lions in sacks, what else do you want?”

Kabura is one of the key sus­pects in the gi­ant scam, and she has also linked Waig­uru to the series of thefts.

Raila said the Deputy Pres­i­dent needs to tell in­ves­ti­ga­tors what he knows about the scam.

“Ei­ther the Pres­i­dent cracks the whip or he tells us if they are to­gether. On whose be­half was Ki­bet col­lect­ing the cash? It is clear that the peo­ple in the dock are small fish,” Raila told the Star.

Raila once again called for a life­style au­dit of Ruto, “So that we can un­der­stand where he is get­ting the

GIVE US A BREAK. THOSE BE­HIND THEFT OF PUB­LIC FUNDS CAN­NOT BE CATWALKING AROUND FREELY, GIV­ING KENYANS A LOT OF ‘ENGLISH LEC­TURES’ ON WHAT AC­TU­ALLY TRANSPIRED. LET US BE HON­EST AND CALL A SPADE A SPADE: IT IS OPEN PUB­LIC FUNDS WERE LOST

mil­lions he is dis­tribut­ing all over ev­ery day”.

De­mand­ing Waig­uru’s ar­rest and prose­cu­tion, he de­clared there was ev­i­dence she en­gi­neered the ir­reg­u­lar pay­ments at the NYS.

An ag­i­tated Murkomen urged the EACC and Direc­torate of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions to charge Waig­uru, or cor­rup­tion might as well be le­galised in this coun­try.

He said the ev­i­dence tabled by Kabura when she ap­peared be­fore the PAC was enough to sus­tain charges against Waig­uru.

In his first pub­lic re­sponse af­ter be­ing linked to the NYS scan­dal, Murkomen said his law firm did not re­ceive money from Gethi, who is ac­cused of ir­reg­u­larly re­ceiv­ing money from the NYS. He how­ever con­firmed that Gethi is his client.

“Those who car­ried away money in sacks should carry their own crosses. I want to tell Waig­uru that the NYS is your own cross.

I will not carry it for you. The only thing I can do is to rep­re­sent you in court,” he de­clared.

The on­slaught from the Deputy Pres­i­dent’s side was started by Nandi Sen­a­tor Stephen Sang, who said the link­ing of Murkomen and Ki­bet to the NYS scan­dal was a scheme to tar­nish Ruto’s im­age.

Sang urged rel­e­vant state agen­cies to pros­e­cute the cul­prits of the NYS theft. Speak­ing in Narok on Satur­day, Raila asked Kenyans to vote out the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment at the 2017 gen­eral elec­tion on the ba­sis of run­away cor­rup­tion.

The for­mer Prime Min­is­ter was speak­ing dur­ing a Thanks­giv­ing ser­vice for the elec­tion of Angli­can Church of Kenya Arch­bishop Jack­son ole Sapit, held at his Olen­teem ru­ral home in Narok North con­stituency. He was adamant that the time was ripe for Kenyans to send the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment home.

Raila said ev­ery time he has un­earthed a cor­rup­tion scan­dal, he has been dis­missed by Ju­bilee politi­cians as play­ing cheap politics only to be vin­di­cated later.

“We are not go­ing to al­low them to get back to power in 2017, since they will make the coun­try bank­rupt,’’ de­clared Raila.

Raila’s sen­ti­ments were echoed by Ka­ji­ado Cen­tral MP Eli­jah Me­musi and Narok North MP Moitalel Kenta, who urged their Maa­sai com­mu­nity to rally be­hind him on Elec­tion Day 2017, since the ODM leader was a true cham­pion of a cor­rup­tion-free coun­try and will steer the na­tion to its right­ful place as one of the fastest de­vel­op­ing na­tions in Africa.

Speak­ing at the same func­tion, Baringo Sen­a­tor Gideon Moi and Nairobi Gov­er­nor hope­ful Peter Ken­neth de­fended the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment against blan­ket con­dem­na­tion over cor­rup­tion, say­ing that it was only a few in­di­vid­u­als who were taint­ing the gov­ern­ment im­age and cor­rup­tion has also been re­ported in the county gov­ern­ments man­aged by Cord.

“I have known Pres­i­dent Keny­atta since my child­hood and I can say that he means well for this coun­try since he is a good­hearted per­son who loves Kenya and would be the last per­son to want to see it go to the dogs, it is the peo­ple who are around him who are fail­ing him,’’ said Moi.

Ken­neth said that cor­rup­tion was an ail­ment which should be fought by all Kenyans, ir­re­spec­tive of their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions, and it is deeply em­bed­ded in all sec­tors of the econ­omy and not only in the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment, since it has also been seen in the coun­ties man­aged by the Cord gover­nors.

“It is time for all lead­ers in Ju­bilee and Cord to stand up against cor­rup­tion and not play cheap politics with it, we have seen cor­rup­tion cases across the board, which means that all Kenyans should stand up against the vice if we want to be a de­vel­oped coun­try, since we have the po­ten­tial,’’ said Ken­neth.

The Thanks­giv­ing ser­vice was also at­tended by Narok Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Tu­nai, Narok West MP Pa­trick Ntutu, Narok Woman Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Soipan Tuya, Ka­ji­ado West MP Moses Sakuda, among other lead­ers and top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

/EDWIN NYARANGI

Baringo Sen­a­tor Gideon Moi, ODM leader Raila Odinga, Narok Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Tu­nai and for­mer Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Peter Ken­neth when they at­tended a thanks­giv­ing ser­vice for the elec­tion of Arch­bishop Jack­son ole Sapit as the head of the Angli­can Church of Kenya. It was held at the cleric’s home at Olen­teem in Narok North con­stituency, Narok county, on Satur­day

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