Freeze assets of corrupt State officers, lawmakers say


Deputy President William Ruto and MPs in Gilgil on Saturday.
Deputy President William Ruto and MPs in Gilgil on Saturday. Photo/DPPS

In Summary

  • The legislators took issue with the 'lenient' manner in which the Judiciary is handling corruption cases.
  • They say the grand Big Four Agenda will face challenges if wanton corruption is not dealt with.
  • Those engaging in corruption at the NYS are robing the youths of their future, MPs said on Saturday.

MPs are demanding that the Assets Recovery Agency and the Criminal Investigations Department to freeze bank accounts and assets of all those linked to the latest corruption scandals.

The legislators said all assets belonging to those behind theft of taxpayers money at the National Youth Service (NYS) and National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) must be seized.

“It is time we act tough on individuals responsible for corruption in this country. Stolen property must be returned to the people,” Nakuru Senator Kihika said.

According to her, the grand Big Four Agenda will face challenges if wanton corruption is not dealt with.

Ms Kihika said those engaging in corruption at the NYS are robing the youths of their future.

She was speaking in Gilgil Town on Saturday during a function attended by Deputy President William Ruto and other leaders.

The legislators took issue with the ‘lenient’ manner in which the Judiciary is handling corruption cases.

“Our courts should be tough on these corruption cases. Judiciary must play its rightful role in the fight against corruption,” Soy MP Caleb Kositany said.

The DP echoed their sentiments saying that investigating agencies must do a thorough job so that the courts can take action on those involved.

He also faulted the courts for previously issuing anticipatory bail for corruption suspects.

“We want the courts to explain how criminals can go to court, ask not to be prosecuted and they (courts) agree. Those behind the NYS and NCPB scandals must be punished. We urge the Judiciary to do its part,” Mr Ruto said.

He further reiterated that those who benefited from the NCPB scam were not farmers and should be ready to face the law.

“Those who know they are not farmers and bend the laws in collaboration with government offices to defraud genuine maize farmers should be ready to be face the law,” the DP added.

He expressed confidence that NCPB officials implicated in the graft scandal would be prosecuted.

“These issues of corruption must come to an end. Those behind the corrupt activities must be held to account. They will not escape,” said Mr Ruto.

“President Kenyatta and I have given firm instructions on issues of corruption….The Judiciary and investigating officers must deal with those stealing money through corrupt deals,” he added.

 

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