– Orengo says Uhuru’s tough talk against graft will only make sense if he fires corrupt leaders
– Mbadi has cautioned Uhuru to be weary of people close to him as they could be part of the looting squad
– Allies of DP Ruto, however, think war on graft has lost objectivity and has been weaponised against Kalenjin community
Leaders allied to the ODM Party have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to move with speed and institute thorough disciplinary actions against state officers implicated in graft.
Led by Siaya Senator James Orengo, the leaders said the president’s tough talk had become a common tune and it was time for action to taken and the leaders sent home.
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Orengo made the remarks on Saturday, March 23, in Ukwala, Siaya County where he led other ODM leaders in campaigning for Ugenya MP Chris Karan.
“Yesterday he talked with courage and as a head of state. He said that he was not going to excuse anyone who is engaged in corruption. Do not be blackmailed. You must deal with this war against corruption perpendicularly and finish it as quickly as possible. You must, however, begin with corrupt people at the top and not the small people,” Orengo stated.
His sentiments were echoed by National Assembly Leader of Minority Leader John Mbadi who informed the president to be weary with even those leaders who were very close to him.
“Who is this that is censoring the president. He was very clear. As you can see, even the corruption cartels are soo embedded in government. They are even present in State House,” claimed Mbadi.
The duo’s sentiments came one day after Uhuru publicly declared to fight corrupt leaders regardless of their relationship within him.
The tough sentiments rubbed leaders from Deputy President William Ruto’s camp the wrong way.
Some alleged that the war on graft targeted to cut the DP to size and elbow him out from his 2022 presidential bid.
Among the corruption cases Ruto allies are strongly opposed to is the KSh 21 billion phantom dam scam.
Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi dismissed investigations by DCI terming them as ill political schemes.
The DP maintained that no money had been stolen and construction of Arror and Kimwarer dams will go on as planned.
Investigations into the case are complete and the DCI forwarded files to DPP Noordin Haji.
Detectives have so far impounded at least 48 double cabin vehicles that were purchased for the twin projects but later diverted to private use by suspects.
Treasury CS Henry Rotich is among those lined-up to face charges. He has been accused of wiring money to a broke Italian firm contracted to do the construction.
Nothing tangible has, however, been done on site to date.
Ruto’s allies have dismissed the case and termed it as war wedged against the Kalenjin community.
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