Jubilee accuses opposition of double standards in graft war
09 December 2015, 09:24
Nairobi – A section of Jubilee MPs have vowed to initiate private prosecution of CORD leader, Raila Odinga if his claims that Treasury principals misappropriated KES 140 billion raised from Eurobond turns to be false.
Five legislators led by Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria and his Kikuyu constituency counterpart, Kimani Ichungwah said they will ensure Odinga is prosecuted if the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) finds that no Eurobond funds were misappropriated.
“If it turns out that Eurobond funds were lost, Treasury officials entrusted by Jubilee government to manage public funds will step aside, but if it found that Raila Odinga has been giving false information and the DPP takes no action, we will initiate private prosecution for perjury offence,” said Kuria.
“This offence was not provided in the Penal Code for nothing,” added Kuria.
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Kuria challenged Odinga to ask his CORD co-principal Moses Wetang’ula, who is the Bungoma Senator and the Senate Minority Leader, to step aside from the position he holds in the House to pave way for investigations regarding the BAT bribery scam exposed by BBC.
“If Odinga believes in championing the fight against corruption, then he should not apply double standards but instead tell Wetang’ula to step aside,” said Kuria.
Ichungwah accused Odinga of taking advantage of EACC's investigation on Treasury CS Henry Rotich and his PS Kamau Thugge over the Eurobond saga to politicize the matter and paint the Jubilee government as corrupt.
Tiaty MP, Asman Kamama defended Jubilee government on grounds that the opposition was envious of the launched mega-projects to spur the country’s economy.
“The Jubilee government is delivering to its best and has launched mega-projects. What Odinga is doing is covering up graft against his CORD co-principal Wetang’ula in the BAT bribery to scare away investors,” said Kamama.
He asked EACC to expeditiously investigate the Eurobond saga for the truth to be unearthed although he maintained that no money was lost.
Embu County MP, Cecily Mbarire was also present in the press briefing at Parliament Buildings.
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