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CORD: President 'giving with one hand and stealing with the other'

21 August 2014, 09:07 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – MPs allied to CORD coalition have called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to fight corruption in his office before moving to resolve lands issues in Lamu and other regions in the country.

The MPs led by Suba MP, John Mbadi said the Auditor General’s report revealing KES 8 billion was lost in shady and shadowy withdrawals from the Office of the President’s accounts is massive loss of the taxpayer’s money.

“The President cannot claim to be fixing corruption in distant offices like Lands while his own office stinks to high heavens,” said Mbadi.

He said the Jubilee government’s leadership has reneged on its campaign promises of fighting corruption through its Uwazi (transparency) slogan in governance.

“We have reason to believe that part of this money went into compromising institutions and individuals in the run up to last elections and after to tilt results in a certain direction,” said Mbadi.

“Part of this money is still being used to compromise devolution in the form of huge donations whose sources look bottomless but remain unclear, at weekend harambees. It is a clear case of giving with one hand and stealing with the other,” he added.

The Suba MP asserted that the government is unjustified to say there is no money for the referendum yet a lot of it is lost through corruption.

He called for transparency in governance and legal action against the former Head of Public Service, Francis Kimemia, who also chaired the Committee on the Assumption to the Office of the President, and Mutea Iringo who took over the office together with other responsible officers.

“Failure to respond on the matter means Jubilee Government is not ready to run the country and its  regime will be considered corrupt,” said Mbadi.

The Ugunja MP, Opiyo Wandayi, said Kenyans expected a change under the Jubilee administration in this era of new Constitution but the vice of corruption has continued like the past regimes.

“For decades, the Office of the President has stood out as the citadel of corruption with the capacity to swallow billions of hard earned taxpayers and donor money without accomplishing a single project for public good and without a single explanation or apology,” said Wandayi.    

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