Karua: Coalition government covering mistakes
23 July 2012, 14:16
Narc-Kenya presidential hopeful Martha Karua on Sunday accused the two principals of encouraging corruption in the Country by covering each party from facing prosecution.
Speaking when she kicked off her four-day presidential campaign in Mt. Kenya region, Gichugu MP reiterated that the coalition government has failed to fight corruption since both wings have stolen from the public coffers.
“Corruption has taken two sides and each side benefits, so, that why you see fighting corruption is hard in Kenya because no party wants to expose the other,” she said.
“You see how they have started making noise after Miguna Miguna has exposed some of the corrupt individuals and deals; this is what I am talking about. When you try to tell the truth, the government is up in arms to cover up the truth and fight you instead,” she added.
The former cabinet minister however challenged Prime Minister Raila Odinga to go public and defend himself from the corruption allegations revealed by Miguna’s book ‘Peeling Back the Mask’.
“Miguna is telling the truth and I urge leaders and politicians who are accusing him to stop if they love their people and Country. Corruption must be eradicated if Kenya is expected to progress socially and economically,”Karua noted.
Addressing a rally at Mikinduri, Kagaene, Kiguchwa (Tigania East), Kiirua, Timau and Thimangiri in North Imenti District, the presidential candidate regretted that the corrupt leaders always go scot-free even after they are prosecuted.
“The Judiciary has also been compromised and has greatly failed to fight graft the poor man who has stolen a chicken is jailed within a day but prominent people who have stolen billions of money from public pockets are set free for lack of evidence. Kenya needs a leader who can clean up all this mess,” posed Karua.
Karua claimed that she fought hard to reform the Judiciary when she worked as the Minister for Justice and Constitution Affairs but later opted to resign since the vice was still ripe in the government.
“I tried hard to fight corruption and reform the Judiciary during my tenure but the more I fought the more they went on stealing and the government was there watching and making empty noise. How can you fight corruption when you are already corrupt,” she said.
Accompanied by Former Finance Minister David Mwiraria, the MP urged residents to vote for her in the next general election promising to clean up the corruption mess and improve the living standards of wananchi.
“I am the right person to succeed president Kibaki because of my clean track records. Therefore I warn you, if you vote for corrupt presidential candidate prepare to live a miserable life since they will continue to sip from public coffers,”
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