CORD accuses Jubilee of plotting DPP's ouster
09 June 2015, 08:08
Nairobi – Two ODM legislators have claimed that Jubilee MPs are plotting to have the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keriako Tobiko removed from office due to his unwavering independence in the fight against corruption.
The two MPs, Junet Muhammed (Suna East) and Tom Kajwang (Ruaraka) said the Jubilee MPs are dissatisfied by Tobiko’s work particularly clearing names of individuals named in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption(EACC) list due to lack of enough evidence contrary to the legislators' expectations.
Muhammed asked the Jubilee MPs to desist from politicizing the fight against corruption by weakening independent institutions such as the EACC and DPP which is a reminiscent of the KANU era where the guiltiness of individuals implicated in graft was determined by powerful MPs, ministers or business people close to the President.
“The Jubilee MPs are planning to go for the DPP’s neck. We already know that there will be a petition in Parliament to remove Keriako Tobiko from office and they will again use their tyranny of numbers to remove him the same way they did to the EACC commissioners,” said Mohammed.
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“It appears the Jubilee MPs had other standards to be used in apportioning guilt on those people which EACC failed to adhere to. We reject this manner of fighting corruption by witch-hunt and fixers,” he warned.
The Suna East MP further challenged the Jubilee MPs to forward the list of individuals they prefer jailed directly to the commissioner of prisons for them to be imprisoned or leave the independent EACC and DPP to perform their functions.
Kajwang claimed that Jubilee’s fight against corruption intends to hoodwink the public because senior government officials are untouchable and that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s move to approve a petition for the removal of the EACC commissioners is an indicator of his administration’s failure to tackle graft.
“The fight against graft should start from the top downwards. If the Deputy President, William Ruto who said on a national television that he owns Weston Hotel built on public land cannot be prosecuted, then how can the President say he is committed to fight corruption?” posed Kajwang.
He said the government should rename Weston Hotel and revert ownership to the public just like Grand Regency was renamed Laico Regency Hotel after being reverted to the public.
Kajwang further said that the confidential EACC list of shame presented to Parliament by President Kenyatta was “just a red herring intended to manipulate independent institutions” through the removal of officers in charge.
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