Ruto calm in the wake of increased Senate pressure
02 October 2014, 19:26
Nairobi - Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto insists that the County is clean of graft allegations in the wake of increased pressure for him to attend Senate summons.
Ruto is yet to attend the summons by the Senate to probe County spending and has thus been criticized for his stance.
Senate has asked that his County accounts be frozen, together with that of Kiambu and Kisumu, whose Governors too have yet to attend the Senate summons.
And with his party URP also questioning his stance over the summons, Ruto still says that he has nothing to hide.
" I have nothing to hide and I will repeat that I have not stolen any public money, he insisted Thursday.
He asked those that have any proof against him to come forward with it.
" If there is anyone with evidence supporting such claims they can come out with it and prove their accusations, he added.
His defiance came in the wake of Treasury's ignorance of the Senate's plea to have the accounts of the three Counties frozen until they appear before it.
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Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale was equivocal that there must be accountability.
" I wish to move the motion that within 14 days from now, the National
Treasury should have implemented the decision of the Senate and
communicated to the Senate about that implementation, he said Thursday in Nairobi.
He says that by not doing so, Treasury will have frustrated the Senate's oversight role.
" Accountability is a must. That we must agree on", he added.
Ruto has been accused of stealing KES 184 million belonging to public coffers but he has refuted the claims, calling them a political witch-hunt over his push for a referendum to increase funds for devolution.
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