‘Carry your own cross!’ Uhuru tells leaders facing graft charges

'Carry your own cross!' Uhuru tells leaders facing graft charges
President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at the St. Francis of Assis Parish Church in Ruiru, Kiambu County. PHOTO| PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta has cautioned leaders against politicizing the fight against corruption in the country.

Speaking on Sunday at the St. Francis of Assis Parish Church in Ruiru, Kiambu County, President Kenyatta said every leader should be ready to carry their own cross when implicated in graft.

“Please let us not politicize the war on corruption. When an individual is stealing public resources he doesn’t do so on behalf of his family or community. Therefore, anyone who is implicated should carry their own cross,” the President said.

The Head of State said all institutions mandated to lead the war on graft will not be interfered with and that everyone will be presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.

“As a nation which observes the rule of law, we should allow our institutions mandated to deal with corruption to do their work independently and ensure all suspects are treated equally,” said Kenyatta.

The President urged Kenyans to join hands in the war against graft saying it is the greatest impediment to the country’s growth.

“We will not stop fighting corruption. This is not the responsibility of one or two individuals but the collective responsibility of each and everyone of us… all 47 million Kenyans,” said Kenyatta.

His remarks come against the backdrop of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s arrest over irregular procurement and payment of over Ksh.357 million.

Sonko, who was arrested on Friday, is set to be presented in court on Monday.

Meanwhile, the President urged Kenyans to maintain peace and unity saying the two are key determinants of national development.

“If the country is built on good family values especially those that lay emphasis on unity, peace and love, then it will prosper but if it doesn’t focus on these values it  will not grow,” the President said.

He said through unity, Kenyans will be able to solve the challenges they face and called for continuous pursuit of peace that ensures all people exist in harmony with each other.

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