Leaders want Anglo Leasing cash used to develop western Kenya
19 May 2014, 13:23
Vihiga - Leaders from western Kenya have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to divert the money meant for settling the Anglo Leasing debt to the region to improve its poor infrastructure.
Led by Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula, Hamisi MP Charles Gimose and African Divine Church Archbishop John Chabuga, the leaders noted that the money would be enough to refurbish all the roads in the region and extend to its neighbourhood.
“Instead of paying all the billions of shillings to such a scam as Anglo Leasing, President Uhuru should bring the money to Western Kenya so that it can help refurbish all the dilapidated roads here,” Wetang’ula said.
The leaders spoke at the 9th memorial service of the founding father of the African Divine Church, Rev James Chabuga, at his home in Gambogi, Hamisi Constituency on Sunday.
The event was attended by Vihiga deputy governor, Caleb Amaswache and several members of the county assembly from the region.
Wetang’ula noted that the KES 1.4 billion that was signed to be paid was only a tip of the iceberg and that the whole debt would be amounted to KES 124 billion, which is enough to change the fortunes of the people of Western Kenya.
Akaranga said that paying such huge amounts of money to corrupt deals and yet the country had been plagued by various misdeeds was unconstitutional.
“We want to see the money that Kenyans are deducted every day through taxes serving them and not just going into the pockets of those hungry and corrupt officers. We should not allow corruption to kill the country,” he said.
Chabuga asked the president to jail those perpetrators of the corrupt deals since they are well known individuals.
He noted that the president could not have signed for the payment if those who involved in the scam were not known.
“As Kenyans who are going to foot this bill, let the president tell us who was involved in the scam so that as we pay the money, we know that they have faced justice,” he said.
At the same event, the leaders called for stringent measures to be undertaken by the country’s top leadership regarding the security of the people.
They called for more resources to be invested in the security dockets and officers who are not up to the task to be sent home.
“Our people are now living with a lot of fear because of the incidents of terrorism that have rocked the country. It is our prayer as church that the leaders invest more in the security of the people,” said Chabuga.
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