What 700 million? Rutto asks
01 April 2015, 18:18
Nairobi - Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto says that he has not stolen any money from public coffers and that he is ready to prove so.
The outspoken Ruto has been accused by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision EACC of stealing more than KES 700 million.
He is accused of using KES 400 million to buy heavy machinery such as earth movers and tractors, another 300 million to but himself a chopper and KES 33 million to buy a house in Ngong Town.
He is also alleged to own over 30 petrol stations in the country.
Ruto though, says that the EACC report is false, doctored and meant to lie to Kenyans and put him out as a bad person simply because he has been fighting the Jubilee coalition in recent times.
" My attention has been drawn to the allegations of corruption being leveled against me with regard to the management and expenditure of the Bomet County funds in a list presented to the President by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and which is the subject of debate on the floors of both houses of parliament and the public too", he said.
" I wish, from the onset, to categorically state that the allegations are not only malicious but also baseless and which lack substance", he added..
" To claim that I own a chopper is a bad lie to the public. I can possibly not own a chopper, perhaps, one day I will own one or even a Dreamliner. Today, instead of owning a chopper, I would spend my money on oil fields in Turkana which will be beneficial to the locals and the nation as whole",he joked.
" The EACC has claimed that I own a house worth over KES 30 M in Nairobi. I have no idea where this said house is and I invite the Commission to show me where it is located. They have further claimed that I own 33 petrol stations. Nothing can be further from the truth. I do not own not a single gas station and again I invite the Commission to help me trace them for purposes of clarity. I have never sold even paraffin in my life, he said of the EACC allegations," he proposed.
He also said that the allegations stem from his continued war against the Jubilee coalition.
" So many unfounded allegations have been advanced against me in the EACC confidential report to the President including misappropriation of funds aimed at enhancing development in Bomet County. Local MPs under instructions and sponsorship from the office of the Deputy President have been moving round the county making unsubstantiated allegations against me and even calling me names simply because I refused to dance to the music of their master," he said.
" I have always ignored such and soldiered on with my work. They even brought leaflets with the aim of maligning my name, but the people of Bomet County ignored them. It is a pity that the content on the leaflets is exactly what is appearing in the EACC report. I find this to be a big joke on the side of the EACC. It suffices to note that for the past two years, Bomet County has been voted the best County in terms of performance in the country and one would wonder how this could happen when the money earmarked for development is supposedly embezzled and spent on purchasing choppers, houses and setting up of petrol stations," he added.
Ruto has already said that he will not resign from office, regardless of pressure from pressure from president Uhuru Kenyatta and others.
So far over 25 public officials have been suspended from office over the allegations of graft from the EACC.
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