Mudavadi warns MPs against ‘public lynching’ of govt officials over graft claims

By: TIMOTHY KEMEI

Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi has warned MPs against what he termed as “public lynching” of government officials in the fight against corruption.

In what appeared to be a response to the ongoing campaigns to Impeach Devolution Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru, Mr Mudavadi asked MPs to obey the law in removing public officers accused of graft.

“The Constitution has set out a due process of dealing with officials suspected of being involved in corruption,” he said in Kericho Town Saturday.

At the same time, Mr Mudavadi supported Friday’s calls by former President Mwai Kibaki to the Jubilee administration to listen to the Opposition.

“Just as the former President said, the Jubilee government must listen to the voices of other Kenyans on the concerns over corruption and other issues affecting our nation. There is no other option,” he said.

Last week, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi threw out an impeachment motion against Ms Waiguru over what he said was an inconsistency in House rules.

Ms Waiguru is on the spot over the loss of Sh791 million from the National Youth Service.

The motion was sponsored by Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter who has vowed to table a fresh debate in the House.

FOLLOW DUE PROCESS

Speaking while on a tour to popularise his party in the Rift Valley region, Mr Mudavadi asked MPs to follow due process to ensure justice and fair hearing were observed.

The former deputy prime minister said even leaders who were not in government had ideas which, if implemented, could help solve tribulations facing Kenyans.

Mr Mudavadi also warned that the war against graft will never be won if institutions such as the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODDP) are not fully independent.

“We are also urging the Judiciary to do the best it can to deal with the corruption cases much faster so that the war against corruption can be handled in a systematic manner which can bear results that Kenyans can see and feel,” he said.

Mr Mudavadi also noted that while the production of tea had increased, making Kenya the world’s biggest exporter of the commodity, farmers still earned less than the expected amount.

“Equally, there are concerns being raised concerning the treatment of workers in the tea growing areas. This is an issue we should look at as a nation.

“The welfare of the employee is very important and must be improved,” he said.

According to Mr Mudavadi, the European Union (EU) has set working standards that are to be met by any employer who exports produce to the EU, adding that failure to adhere to these standards could cost Kenya its market in European countries.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION