Orengo wants Uhuru to compel Ruto to record statement on Ksh.21B dams scandal


Orengo wants Uhuru to compel Ruto to record statement on Ksh.21B dams scandal
President Uhuru Kenyatta, Siaya Senator James Orengo, and DP William Ruto. PHOTOS | COURTESY

In Summary

  • This comes following statements from DP Ruto saying only Ksh.7 billion was lost in the dams scandal.
  • This despite earlier reports from the Treasury ministry saying the country lost about Ksh.21 through the Arror and Kimwarer dams.
  • The Senate Majority leader urged the Head of State to order DP Ruto to reveal what he knows about the dams scandal to the authorities.

Siaya Senator James Orengo now wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to compel his deputy William Ruto to record a statement with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) concerning the dams scandal.

This comes following conflicting statements from DP Ruto saying only Ksh.7 billion was lost despite earlier reports from the National Treasury indicating the country lost about Ksh.2o billion through the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal.

The Senate Minority leader, speaking during a campaign rally for the Ugenya constituency by-election, urged the Head of State to order DP Ruto to reveal what he knows about the dams scandal to the authorities.

The lawmaker also told the President not to fear anyone in the purge against graft, further urging him to ensure the culprits are brought to book irrespective of their position in government.

“Uhuru, do not fear anybody; only fear God, the constitution, the law. So start with people at the top (in the war against corruption), not the ones down here,” said Orengo.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) point-man further challenged DP Ruto to join in the war against corruption if he is also committed to eradicating the vice.

He wondered why the DP is always seemingly furious whenever issues of corruption are mentioned in the country, noting that — just like President Kenyatta — he should also come out boldly to talk about matters of graft.

“Uhuru said he wants to speak on matters corruption, let Ruto follow his boss’ footsteps and do the same. If he hears corruption being mentioned, it is like poison for Ruto,” he added.

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