ODM MPs demand public apology from Uhuru, threaten mass protests

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is now demanding a public apology from President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy over the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.

In a statement read by Butere MP Andrew Toboso, ODM says the government Jubilee must apologise for misleading Kenyans into believing that no money was lost in the scandal.

The Opposition party is also calling for the immediate stepping aside of Health CS James Macharia and PS Nicholas Muraguri over the alleged Ksh5 billion Afya House scam.

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“We demand that the president and his deputy come clear on what they know about the NYS scandal and offer Kenyans a public apology for misleading them that no money was lost,” read the statement in part.

The party’s national chairman John Mbadi went on to claim that the NYS Scandal goes beyond the named suspects and permeates the top leadership in the Jubilee administration.

“The outburst and anger with the president and his rants at Raila is because we are hitting them where it hurts most. They thought they will keep stealing public money without being questioned,” he said.

During the press conference that was also attended by MPs TJ Kajwang (Ruaraka), Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba), Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town) and Nominated Senator Oburu Odinga, a one-week ultimatum was given to government  after which the party threatens to hold ‘sustained mass protests’.

“The anger displayed by the Deputy President yesterday about Waiguru isn’t because he is concerned about loss of public resources. It is because he knows his office has been implicated. That the war on corruption has been brought to his doorstep where it belongs,” added Mbadi.

In a sustained attack on the credibility of the DP, MP Wandayi challenged former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru to reveal Ruto’s involvement in the scam.

“On the health scam, we don’t care if it was KSh.5b, KSh.3b, or one shilling. All we know is that money has been lost,” said the Ugunja MP.

This comes in the wake of a poorly attended demonstration by Civil Society Organisations last week calling for the resignation of health bosses of the alleged scam.

The US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec has also asked senior government officials implicated to step aside to pave way for investigations.

Last week, CS Cleopa Mailu and PS Muraguri were subjected to marathon grilling by EACC detectives over the scandal.  Mailu said the national audit office is currently auditing the ministry’s financial records.

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