Raila calls for prosecution of all corruption suspects

By: GODFREY OUNDOH

Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) leader Raila Odinga has demanded prosecution of all government officials implicated in corruption.

Speaking just hours after the resignation of Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, Mr Odinga accused the Jubilee government of only prosecuting junior staff implicated in graft.

In what appeared to be a reference to the prosecution of Planning Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti and the National Youth Service Director Nelson Githinji, Mr Odinga said it was unfair to Kenyans for the Jubilee administration to let senior officers accused of corruption in public offices free.

“Jubilee has failed Kenyans on integrity and corruption issues, which are seriously bleeding the economy of this country. The only way to save this country from corruption is by voting out the Jubilee administration,” he said at Kaliwa Primary School during the Iteso cultural festival.

The former Prime minister has been at the forefront in pushing for Ms Waiguru’s sacking.

This week, Mr Odinga described Mr Mangiti and Dr Githinji’s prosecution as an attempt to protect senior officers implicated in corruption.

Mr Mangiti and Mr Githinji this week denied threatening an officer to cover up the Sh695 million scandal at the NYS.

He said the corrupt officials are well known people and there are clear evidence over allegations calling upon the Jubilee government to take them to court.

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Announcing her resignation Saturday, Ms Waiguru said she had taken the decision on the advice of her doctor and had asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to relieve her of her duties at the ministry.

Mr Odinga was accompanied by his co-principal Moses Wetang’ula, senators James Orengo (Siaya), Johstone Muthama (Machakos), ODM secretary-general Ababu Namwamba, ODM chairman John Mbadi, Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, Women representatives Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Christine Ombaka (Siaya) and Florence Mutua of Busia.

Mr Odinga challenged Kenyans to vote for the Okoa Kenya initiative to save the country from corruption.

He also asked members of county assemblies to pass the Okoa Kenya Bill, which is aimed at pushing for more funds to the counties to 45 per cent of the national budget.

Mr Muthama blamed the Jubilee government for misusing public funds by sponsoring MPs to The Hague, which he said was not a priority to Kenyans facing hard economic times.

“We are not going to be cowed or intimidated by Jubilee, which has been threatening leaders in the Opposition who are fighting corruption. We will push on until the country is stable economically,” he said.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION