State House hits back as Raila asks Jubilee leaders to resign

Saturday February 27 2016

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale addresses the media at Parliament Buildings on February 24, 2016 where he denied taking part in the National Youth Service scam after he was mentioned in a sworn affidavit by former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru.  PHOTO | JEFF  ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale addresses the media at Parliament Buildings on February 24, 2016 where he denied taking part in the National Youth Service scam after he was mentioned in a sworn affidavit by former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By SILAS APOLLO
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Cord leader Raila Odinga has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of new suspects named by former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru in the Sh791 million National Youth Service scandal.

Even though Mr Odinga did not mention the names of the individuals, he asked the crowd to name them in a chorus to his affirmation.

In her affidavit, Ms Waiguru implicated National Assembly’s Majority Leader Aden Duale, Senate’s Deputy Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Deputy President William Ruto’s top aide Mr Farouk Kibet.

Mr Aden Duale and Murkomen have both denied the allegations and instead urged the former Devolution CS to “carry her own cross”.

BIAS

However, State House reacted to Mr Odinga’s calls for Jubilee leader’s resignation saying the cord leader is biased in his fight against corruption.

In a statement to Nation, State House accused Mr Odinga of shielding Cord politicians mentioned in graft cases including Moses Wetang’ula and Martha Karua — named in the BAT bribery scandal — and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho for being linked with contraband goods found in his family’s freight stations.

“Raila is very quick to demand the resignation of leaders in Jubilee. But he gets deaf…when his ODM and Cord lieutenants are mentioned in sleaze or caught with their hands in the cookie jar,” said Mr Munyori Buku, a State House public communications officer.

Speaking in Kisumu County, Mr Odinga also accused Mr Ruto of being the impediment in the fight against corruption and challenged him to explain the source of millions of shillings he contributes in fund raisers.

“Uhuru should first start with his deputy if he is seriously committed to the fight against corruption. All those involved in the NYS scandal must be prosecuted and jailed. The Jubilee government is taking Kenyans for a ride,” he said.

The Cord chief also faulted the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission for hurriedly clearing the NYS saga suspects despite fresh evidence that more money could have been lost.

“EACC is marred with incompetency and people who are not willing to fight corruption in the government. It needs urgent clean up to avoid cases of cover-up,” he said.

But State House has faulted the Cord co-principal’s stand on corruption matters saying that he also defended Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero when he was mentioned in bribery allegations.

“When the governor was alleged to have given Supreme Court judge a mind boggling Sh200 million to save himself from an election petition, Raila Odinga’s response was that the governor should not be judged. Raila Odinga’s barometer on such matters is thus faulty on such matters because it tilts againsts others, and never against his own,” read the statement released by State House.