Latest graft reports prove that I’m not driven by malice: Raila

Sunday November 8 2015

Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) leader Raila Odinga during the interview on October 23, 2015 at his Karen home. Mr Odinga told the Sunday Nation that the latest reports of graft in government were a confirmation that he does not talk just for the sake of it. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) leader Raila Odinga during the interview on October 23, 2015 at his Karen home. Mr Odinga told the Sunday Nation that the latest reports of graft in government were a confirmation that he does not talk just for the sake of it. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JUSTUS WANGA
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Cord leader Raila Odinga has said that the unfolding story of graft at the Ministry of Devolution and National Planning under Anne Waiguru has proved that he is never driven by malice whenever he raises the red flag on corruption in government.

Mr Odinga told the Sunday Nation that the latest reports of graft in government were a confirmation that he does not talk just for the sake of it.

“Raila Odinga never goes public with information that he is not sure of. This is something that some people in government have never appreciated. In fact, before I talk about a serious thing that touches on the livelihood of Kenyans, like corruption, be it in ministries or Eurobond, I subject such to many runs before I can utter them,” the Opposition leader said on Saturday, through his spokesman Dennis Onyango.

The general mood in the Opposition is that of a people who feel vindicated after the government first dismissed Mr Odinga’s remarks that millions of shillings had been looted at the National Youth Service back in June.

“What is in question is the very shady, murky and extremely unethical procurement procedures at the Ministry of Devolution’s NYS projects where beans, ndengu, sugar, rice and milk, among other things, are being supplied at exaggerated prices by shadowy companies, some of which are linked to senior officials in government, under questionable procurement procedures,” Mr Odinga said then.

He said that contrary to assertion by Jubilee politicians, his campaign against graft is not meant to bring the Jubilee government tumbling down.

“It is never about cutting somebody to size like they would want it to appear. Our stance on graft has been unwavering and it is not in any way a personal attack on the President. What we are telling him is he must hold his officers who preside over looting public resources to account,” Mr Odinga said.

The country has in the last week been thrown into serious debate and uproar after the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee, chaired by Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, found that the Devolution ministry had procured items at prices way above the market rate and included curious items in its assets register.