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Jubilee leaders lying to Uhuru on war against graft, says Sonko

10 December 2015, 11:13 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko has accused National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale and his Senate counterpart, Kithure Kindiki of lying to President Uhuru Kenyatta on the Jubilee government’s against corruption.

Sonko who criticized the Jubilee legislators’ “premature criticism” to CORD leader Raila Odinga’s claims that KES 140 billion out of Eurobond’s KES 250 billion was misappropriated, said they should leave the matter for respective anti-corruption agencies to investigate the matter rather than attacking graft whistle-blowers.

“Whistle blowers on graft should be accommodated and Jubilee legislators should not be in a rush to condemn and victimize innocent whistle blowers including Odinga for raising alarm on the alleged Eurobond saga,” warned Sonko.

He said the opposition is constitutionally mandated for oversight of government, the civil society and any Kenyan have a right to know the expenditure and management of public funds, hence demanded the National Treasury principals to publish detailed expenditures of the Eurobond cash.

“Let’s listen to Odinga and know what his alleged Eurobond dossier has as he presents to Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. It is wrong for Duale and Kindiki to call on MPs from recess for a press conference to criticize Odinga and counter his dossier prematurely,” said Sonko.

He revealed that he got a chance of going through part of Odinga’s Eurobond dossier in Homa Bay on Monday during the burial of Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero’s father.

“If Odinga can’t take that dossier to EACC, I am ready to present it to the commission and even table it in the Senate when it resumes from recess next year for the sake of Kenyans. We should put away our political differences in the fight against corruption,” he said.

He pointed out that when Odinga maintained that millions of the taxpayers’ money was lost in the National Youth Service, Jubilee MPs criticized him until later when the Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru admitted that there was fraud in the Service, and resigned paving way for investigation.

However, Sonko maintained that remains firmly loyal to Jubilee administration and President Kenyatta despite supporting Odinga on the alleged misappropriation of Eurobond funds.

The West Pokot Senator, John Lonyangapuo who accompanied Sonko at a press conference said they will not support any attempted graft cover up by Jubilee legislators despite them being partners with ruling coalition.

“When we support Odinga on the alleged Eurobond funds misappropriation, we know things are not right and should not be the way they are going. Raila should be allowed to present the authentic information he has because I don’t believe he is a mad man to insist the money has been lost,” said Lonyangapuo.

He cautioned the Jubilee legislators against purporting to speak for the Executive in countering the opposition and civil society’s claims that billions of shillings have been misappropriated.

“Kenyans must stand and say no to corruption. The Eurobond’s thieves should surrender themselves to EACC, DPP and CID to give information for Kenyans to know the truth,” he said.

He added that the government is not above the law, therefore should be ready to accommodate the opposition, civil society and citizens carrying out checks and balances of its administrative operations.

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