ANC Leader points out to Uhuru the most Corrupt Jubilee Officials

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National Treasury CS Henry Rotich, Kiunjuri Mwangi (Agriculture), Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution) and Peter Munya (Trade) are some of the State officers who have been grilled in the ongoing probe into the two phantom dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

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A section of Kenyans are hoping that in Thursday’s state of the nation address, the President might dominate his speech on fighting graft. Amani National Congress leader Mudavadi Mudavadi now wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to escalate the war against corruption by firing Cabinet Secretaries (CSs) mentioned in corruption claims.

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Mudavadi said the country was unanimously behind Uhuru in the fight thus should seize today’s State of the Nation Address to force out the top officers out of his Cabinet.

The former deputy premier also hit out at Deputy President William Ruto and his allies for allegedly slowing down the war by playing victim card. He said Dr Ruto was systematically inciting a section of Jubilee leaders against Uhuru and was succeeding in making Uhuru look like an opposition figure in his own party of Jubilee.

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Mudavadi told Uhuru it was time for him to confront the corrupt and fire them as waiting for them to tender their resignation may not work as some belief “they are doing favour to the country” by occupying the positions.

“I would advise the President on two fronts; the first one, President you cannot be a whistleblower in your own government. Uhuru has to confront the bull by the horns.

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The second thing I have to tell Uhuru is to address the issues in Jubilee; you cannot be put in a situation where systematically you are being perceived as the opposition wing in Jubilee.

He must punch, he should not allow himself to be pushed into that dangerous corner of being a stranger in his own party,” he added.

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He described Parliament as an institution that was under state capture with some of the MPs behaving like merchants around politics. The former Sabatia MP said that some of the lawmakers in the current Parliament do not understand their role but have instead decided to operate like wheeler-dealers.

“These are people who have been conditioned to imagine that the President has no authority and is basically a lame duck. These are merchants around politics who believe they have gained enough from Uhuru and are now looking for who is next in line. There is so much impunity around,” he charged.

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He said the President should ignore Ruto allies who want to frame the war against corruption as that which is politically instigated against one particular community.

At the same time, Mudavadi appeared to oppose the push for referendum, saying there were more urgent issues to address from the current humanitarian crisis in the northern Kenya as well as the crisis in the health sector.

The veteran politician further weighed into the recent agreement between Uhuru and Uganda President Yoweri Museveni to increase Uganda sugar export to Kenya.

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Mudavadi said the deal risk plunging the sugar sector in more trouble and could negate the sugar taskforce that has recommended reduction of sugar import in reviving the sector.

He also spoke about the country’s debt level, stating that it was no longer sustainable for Kenya to continue borrowing heavy commercial loans. He said about 60 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was being spent in repaying commercial loans.

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