Yesterday, Deputy President William Ruto urged all the voters in the Malindi constituency not to vote in ODM at the March 7 by-election, accusing leaders of committing crimes against some regions in the past.
The Deputy president, while addressing Malindi locals, said ODM’s main leaders are responsible for grabbing land in Lamu and Tana River counties during the 2008-2013 Grand Coalition government.
National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale, whose son just passed KCSE exam, added that there are plans to rig mini-polls.
Williams Ruto, while spoke at Karima grounds outside Malindi town, told his audience that supporting Philip Charo would create a good relationship between Kilifi and the national government. He says such relationship will gain the region several advantages including massive economic development at the Coast.
In a defiant tone, he told the listeners that Raila and ODM cannot resolve land issues at the Coast since they are key ODM leaders who committed land injustices during the Grand Coalition government.
Recall that Raila Odinga, during his campain in Malindi, said Jubilee administration supports and condones corruption.
CORD leader Raila Odinga also slammed President Uhuru Kenyatta for calling Kenyans smart criminals while on a tour in Israel.
In response to this continuing allegations from Raila, Senate majority leader Kithure Kindiki has challenged CORD to first have corruption dealt with internally before accusing other coalitions. He told the leader not to play political favourites in the fight against graft.
Accordingto the statement Tharaka Nithi senator released on Monday, Cord leader Raila Odinga speaks up only when any member of Jubilee is mentioned in corruption allegations, but never talks when some in CORD is linked to the graft.
Kindiki said corruption is the problem of the country, not Jubilee’s. He spoke at Chuka University on the sidelines of a Mt Kenya East political caucus.
The senator referenced several cases of corruption involving CORD members, over which Raila had gone noticeably silent. He cited BAT scandal in which Cord’s co-principal Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma senator) was connected and also the recent bribery allegations against Supreme Court judge Philip Tunoi, accused of being bribed with Sh200 million to make a false ruling.
Kindiki was quoted as saying,
We should not support people or criticise people because they belong to our party or they do not belong to our party. The fight against graft should not exclude anyone.
When Kenya was ranked corrupt, it was not Jubilee that was ranked. So we want to call upon our friends in the opposition to provide a similar kind of energy when one of their own is mentioned.
Kindiki then begged Kenyans to vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta, adding that everybody needed to join hands to root out corruption in the country.
Uhuru instructed that the budget-making process provides adequate resources to institutions supposed to fight graft, including EACC and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
He also sacrificed six of his ministers at one go and sent them home merely because there were allegations of corruption against them. There was no case nor anyone proven guilty but they went home to provide good leadership in the fight against graft.