Raila congratulates Uhuru; But
30 March 2015, 18:39
Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga has congratulated president Uhuru Kenyatta for initiating the fight against corruption but feels the process could have been dealt with better.
The CORD leader was away in China last week when Uhuru ordered public officials implicated in an anti graft report by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision EACC to resign from office and await completion of investigations and clear their names.
Raila, in his first official statement over the matter says that he is happy with the directive but wants some tweaks made to the whole process.
" I congratulate the President on his directive on corrupt State officials. It is a bold step and one that I laud him for," he said at a Nairobi hotel on arrival from China Monday.
" That said, there are a few things that I would like to address and feel could be done better".
" First, EACC should have handed the report to parliament or to the DPP to initiate the prosecution process and not the president as was initially."
" This process must be done in a bipartisan way which means involving the opposition.
" Second, the EACC report must be fully implemented and no stones must be left unturned. We are also calling for the full implementation of agenda 4," he said.
On the apology from the president for past injustices the government had committed, Raila wants victims to be compensated and not just a verbal statement from State House.
" The State must also set up a mechanism to identify victims of past injustices and return property that was illegally taken."
" They are Kenyans hurt by their own government and must be treated with the highest regard possible," Raila added.
The CORD leader also insisted that any person found guilty of graft must be dealt with, even those within his coalition and party ODM.
" The fight against corruption must not choose, it should treat fairly and I sure hope that is the case by the EACC," he added.
So far 22 senior public officials have been suspended over corruption, with many more expected to follow suit, including some from Raila's own CORD coalition.
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