What Kalonzo Thinks of Uhuru-Raila Handshake

Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka believes that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga handshake deal will only be meaningful if corrupt individuals are brought to book.

Led by Wiper boss Kalonzo Musyoka and his Amani Congress counterpart Musalia Mudavadi, the leaders urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to crack the whip on individuals whose names have been adversely mentioned in graft cases.

Kalonzo in particular noted there was growing concern among Kenyans at the slow pace or failure by the Judiciary to convict corruption suspects.

Raila Odinga.

“Kenyans are tired of people being arrested but not charged, convicted and fraudulently acquired wealth is repossessed. Kenyans need to demonstrate in the streets to push corrupt leaders out of office,” he said.

On his part, Mudavadi warned the much hyped unity pact between Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga would be meaningless if it completely failed to slay the graft dragon, adding it was time for see people behind bars.

“From handshake, we want to see handcuffs, the president must see thieves of public funds are arrested, otherwise we are lying to Kenyans. Kenyans cannot continue sweating to feed the greedy,” he urged.

His sentiments were echoed by Kalonzo who revived calls for a lifestyle audit among state employees through proper legislation which will give clear guidelines on the controversial exercise.

“People need to explain how they get wealth overnight, we need clear laws to conduct the audit immediately. The audit is sure way to slay the dragon of corruption,” he added.

Despite the president’s directive on leaders to undergo a compulsory lifestyle audit as a way of accounting their sources of finances, the exercise is yet to kick off nearly one year later. The audit was tipped to be part of the wider measures put in place by the Jubilee regime to curb the economic crime.

“We shall start a lifestyle audit of all government officers so that we can see your salary and all your assets accounted for. And the first to be subjected to a lifestyle audit will be myself followed by William Ruto,” he said.

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