Isaac Ruto hits back at besieged, ‘lonely’ Duale over NYS scam

The Bomet Governor has hit out at National Assembly Leader of Majority, challenging him to return all the money stolen from the National Youth Service.

Thursday February 25 2016

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto addresses supporters at Kapkatet Stadium in Kericho County during a campaign rally for Kericho Senate aspirant Paul Sang of Kanu on February 19, 2016. Teachers on March 2, 2016 threw their weight behind Mr Sang. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto addresses supporters at Kapkatet Stadium in Kericho County during a campaign rally for Kericho Senate aspirant Paul Sang of Kanu on February 19, 2016. Teachers on March 2, 2016 threw their weight behind Mr Sang. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By TIMOTHY KEMEI
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Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto has hit out at the National Assembly majority leader, challenging him to return all the money stolen from the National Youth Service after he was mentioned in the scam.

Mr Ruto, basing his swipe on the recent revelation by former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru that Mr Aden Duale was involved in the NYS looting, has finally got a chance to make fun, ridicule and rebuke the outspoken Jubilee leader.

Ms Waiguru’s affidavit linking Mr Duale to the NYS scam appears to have granted Governor Ruto the armour he has been looking for to hit back at the Garissa Township MP, who just two years ago chastised the governor over alleged misappropriation of public funds in Bomet County.

On Thursday, while addressing Kanu supporters at Brooke Trading Centre in Kericho, Mr Ruto hurled back to Mr Duale the in famous “pesa si ya mama yako” (the money does not belong to your mother) jibe that Mr Duale had used on him two years ago during a meeting in Narok County.

“Now that Waiguru has named Duale as one of the people who know where the NYS money is, I am telling Duale to return that money to the NYS. Hiyo pesa si ya mama yako bwana!” said Governor Ruto.

(READ: Shock as Duale and Ruto clash in public)

Mr Ruto said Mr Duale had looked lonely on Wednesday when he appeared alone at a press conference at Parliament, adding that it seemed that his friends in the House had abandoned him to carry his own cross.

“He always addresses the press surrounded by at least 40 MPs. Where were they when he was addressing the press alone? They have abandoned him,” he said.

The MP had called the press briefing to deny any involvement in the Sh791 million NYS scam and asked the former Devolution CS to “carry her own cross”.

Governor Ruto decried what he said were high levels of corruption in the Jubilee administration, saying graft had denied ordinary Kenyans the right to affordable housing and food while a few leaders grab whatever public resources they can lay their hands on.

He said he was shocked to learn that the explosive Waiguru affidavit had also named Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, a close ally of the Deputy President William Ruto and the DP’s Personal Assistant Farouk Kibet as being involved in the scam.

“How much do they want before they can have their fill? They are so greedy that they have left nothing for the ordinary Kenyans. Now even the price of tea has dropped, leaving tea farmer hopeless,” he said.

Governor Ruto also demanded to know why the historic Kapkatet Stadium in Kericho County had been dug up and the deep trenches left uncovered by NYS personnel, who were hired to erect a wall around it last year.

He challenged the national government to explain how the Sh200 million meant for upgrading the stadium to international standards was used.

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