Raila wants Ruto's hotel demolished, Waiguru sacked
22 June 2015, 14:08
Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga wants Deputy President William Ruto's Weston Hotel demolished and Devolution CS Ann Waiguru sacked.
The former Prime Minister says that Ruto's hotel was built on public land and it must be repossessed while Waiguru should be sacked over corruption in the National Youth Service NYS.
He said Monday that if the government is indeed serious on matters corruption, then the two actions must be taken over the two incidences. Here is the statement.
" The government's responses to Hon. Raila Odinga's statement on Security and Corruption this weekend leaves a lot to be desired and only serves to reinforce the points he was making: that Jubilee has made a dramatic about turn on every promise it made to Kenyans on security and corruption. Kenyans now need to know that they are on their own on the twin critical issues of corruption and insecurity.
" In their manifesto, Jubilee promised to get tough on those who seek to use their positions for their own personal gain. Jubilee said it would clean up government by putting in place some of the "toughest anti-corruption legislation in the world". It is now clear that Jubilee's promises were mere words meant to excite a public desperate for a permanent solution to the one vice that has ruined their nation and their lives since independence. Unfortunately but not surprisingly, half way through its term, Jubilee has not only failed to implement any of the promises, they have not even drafted any anti-corruption legislation promised. Instead, they have destroyed even those initiatives that had been put in place by the Grand Coalition Government. We reiterate Hon Raila's stand that Jubilee has turned the fight against corruption into a charade and a cruel joke, betraying the faith Kenyans had put into their fraudulent promises.
" In the process, Jubilee has obliterated the little hope left in Kenyans that it is possible to have a government that does not make stealing from the public part of its policy. Corruption has not only got a tighter grip on Kenya, it has become the official currency with which jubilee buys tribal political support, where only those perceived to be unable to upset the ethnic arithmetic that sustains Jubilee are being prosecuted. War on corruption has become an art of keeping the faith of the people with high sounding deceitful promises by the very people accused of stealing while they continue raping the nation. We maintain that corruption now swirls around the President and his Deputy, be personally. Kenyans are beginning to wonder whether President Uhuru Kenyatta is an innocent pawn or the master and a star player in this game of stealing from Kenyans out of every project undertaken by Jubilee and using the proceeds to buy political support.
" When Hon Raila cautioned against these developments, the government's statements only reinforced the points he was making and made it appear that the Devolution Ministry is competing with the Office of the President as the official Ministry of Corruption in Kenya. The TNA Chairman, Hon. Johnson Sakaja, warned that three Nyanza governors were being investigated for corruption. Hon. Raila views sincere fact-based and non-political corruption investigations as something to be welcomed. This is because they contribute to the transparency and accountability Kenyans seek from their leaders.
" In fact, two months ago, Hon Raila invited the EACC to investigate the Kisumu county. Hon. Sakaja's statement unfortunately lent credence to the impression that for Jubilee, corruption investigations are at best window dressing and at worst political balancing and witch hunt whose logic is that for every National Government official caught stealing, an opposition leader must be dragged in to make corruption seem a fair and inclusive game. State House and the Deputy President further issued a statement saying the Executive does not interfere with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
" The DP and State House have conveniently forgotten that the constitutionally independent EACC officials rushed to State House to hand over an incomplete report on their pending investigations. The President then tabled it in parliament essentially forewarning and therefore for earning those under inquiry. The country finds itself in a strange mix in which corruption suspects are also the ones "assuring" Kenyans that the war against corruption will be won.
" Hon Raila is willing to give the president and his deputy the benefit of doubt and is ready to absolve them of blame if they do the following on corruption: 1. Immediately commence the return of the title deed on which Weston Hotel stands to the public, demolishes all structures erected thereon and initiate the prosecution of the owners of this property. 2. Immediately suspend Ms Ann Waiguru, the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning, and order her investigation over the attempted theft of funds from the National Youth Service and completes investigations on the acquisition and service contracts surrounding IFMIS.
" Last but not least, Hon. Raila takes note of Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale's assertion that the end of Al Shabaab. Hon. Raila sincerely prays that Mr. Duale is right. But going by his past record, we advice Kenyans to take Mr Duale seriously at their own risk. It would be wiser for us to maintain our vigilance
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