President Kenyatta defends gov’t against graft claims
President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended the Jubilee Government against claims of massive theft of public funds by opposition leaders, saying his leadership’s development record speaks for itself.
Speaking during the commissioning of the construction of the Kapkatembo- Rivatex and Kaiboi Kipkaren- Roads in Nandi County, Uhuru accused the opposition of using baseless allegations to discredit the Jubilee Government’s achievements and pleaded with the residents to give them more time to fulfill their pledges.
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“The people that are currently propagating lies alleging that the Jubilee Government has overseen excessive loss of public funds have no moral authority to question my leadership. We are not thieves and instead they are the ones who swindled lots of tax payers’ money when they served in previous regimes,” said Kenyatta.
He said his leadership has prudently utilized public funds to build roads, increase electricity connectivity across the country, subsidize health services and initiate many other projects to improve livelihoods of Kenya.
“Some of those saying we have stolen money and have not done any development were ministers of roads and finance respectively and another was a vice president and have nothing to tell us now because we cannot see what they did,” said President Kenyatta.
In a thinly veiled attack to Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) leader Raila Odinga and his Co-Principal Kalonzo Musyoka, Uhuru said the two leaders were minister of roads and vice president in the previous government and inflated the cost of constructing roads.
“We have not delayed in implementing our projects as the usual detractors allege but we have been looking for cost effective ways to build roads, they are the ones who hoarded road contracts doing a kilometer of road at Sh100 million while we are doing the same at Sh41 million,” added President Kenyatta.
The president, who was accompanied by his deputy William Ruto, called on the rather silent multitude to hold on to the Jubilee government, which has a long-term agenda to develop the country and shun other political parties being established ahead of the 2017 General Election.