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ODM MPs vow to speak on corruption during Obama’s visit

21 July 2015, 21:53 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Two Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MPs have said Obama’s visit will not stop the opposition from holding the government accountable on the expenditure billions of public funds.

Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba) and Nicholas Gumbo (Rarieda) said the government has failed in the fight against corruption because senior public officers caught in graft are either getting protection from the Jubilee administration, their political parties or tribes.

“Today when we speak about corruption, we are told to go slow because we have a big guest coming together with investors yet Kenyans are paying heavily for corruption,” said Bosire.

He said as opposition MPs, they remain relentless and unapologetic to a dishonest Jubilee administration that has resorted to using power to protect some corrupt officers and rewarding those dancing to its tune.

“We are back to the era where power was used for rewarding friends, punishing enemies and using government power for narrow partisan ends. When we call for investigations, we do so against individuals not communities or parties. Communities, tribes or parties do not steal but only individuals do,” said Bosire.

Gumbo said condemned massive corruption practices in counties as revealed by the Auditor General’s report and asked relevant anti-corruption agencies to move with haste for prosecution of responsible corruption perpetrators.

“It is unfortunate that Members of County Assemblies appear to have failed or are unwilling to exercise their constitutional mandate to provide the necessary oversight on respective County Executive. This has created a lacuna that is evidently being exploited by corruption cartels,” said Gumbo.

He raised concern that the nation has been borrowing billions of shillings from international markets but then misappropriated and its debt passed on to the country’s future generations.

Recently released Audit reports on counties had raised queries ranging from their failure to account for millions collected revenue, improper diversion of money to unintended projects by county officials and exorbitant payment for unnecessary services and trips.

The MPs were addressing the media at Parliament Buildings.

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