Kibaki govt fixed Ruto, says Orengo
16 October 2015, 15:54
Nairobi – Siaya Senator, James Orengo has said President Mwai Kibaki’s administration was responsible for fixing Deputy President William Ruto at the ICC and not the CORD leader, Raila Odinga as alleged by Jubilee MPs.
Orengo, who was was speaking at a press conference at Parliament Buildings also faulted the Jubilee legislators over claims that human rights organizations took part in fixing Ruto.
“ICC mostly relied on evidence reports provided by security organs from the national, provincial and district officers against Ruto during the Kibaki administration. That’s why after having realized that what they had done was wrong and restricted Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto to vie, Kibaki tried to endorse Musalia Mudavadi to contest in 2013,” said Orengo.
He added that Ruto is innocent and that Odinga could not fix Ruto because he was ODM’s key person in the negotiations of the disputed 2007/8 presidential elections.
“Ruto did not organize post-election violence in Rift Valley because we were with him all the time in Nairobi at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre where election results were announced and he was one who mostly addressed the press on the progress when Odinga was not available,” said Orengo.
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Orengo faulted the Jubilee MPs’ prayer rallies for Ruto over his ICC case which he warned are meant to divide the country further along tribal lines.
However, Orengo said Odinga can be helpful in witnessing for Ruto at ICC but reiterated that President Kenyatta’s administration holds the key to his freedom particularly regarding the recanting evidence given by the intelligence against him.
“We know that within the Jubilee coalition there is friction concerning ICC but that doesn’t concern us (CORD). Odinga can be useful to witness for Ruto if the Deputy President allows him but he can’t drag himself to ICC,” said Orengo.
Muthama who was present at the press conference responded to Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich’s stand that the country isn’t facing any financial crisis, maintained that the Jubilee government has plunged the country into bankruptcy through the reported massive corruption.
“The country has lost over KES 300 billion through corruption and the president himself admitted that there is corruption even in his office. The president’s foreign travel his delegation included is costing this country billions of shillings which would sustain the nation’s one month budget,” said Muthama.
He pointed out that huge sums of money has been lost in the National Youth Service but he is harassed by government security agencies when he speaks about it.
Muthama said the Jubilee government has misplaced development priorities since education could have been prioritized rather than infrastructural and laptop projects.
Orengo concurred with Muthama and said the country is living beyond its means hence the need for Rotich to openly tell Kenyans the nation’s real financial situation since teachers and other public servants are yet to receive their September salaries.
“The Jubilee’s mega-projects including the Standard Gauge Railway and LAPPSET are costing Kenyans a lot and we know that whenever there are big projects, there are people somewhere dividing the cake among themselves before is ready cooked,” said Orengo.
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