ODM to hold protest over Health Ministry scandal

ODM to hold protest over Health Ministry scandal

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ODM secretary for political affairs Opiyo Wandayi,with HomaBay women representative Gladys Wanga and Mountain view Mca Beatrice Kwamboka in amedia briefing at party headquarters in Nairobi. PHOTO: CHRIS NYAMUTA.

Nairobi, KENYA: Orange Democratic Party Movement has vowed to hold mass protests next week if Health Cabinet secretary Cleophas Mailu and his Principal Secretary Dr Nicholas Muraguri  will not vacate office over the 5 billion scam.

In a media briefing at party headquarters in Nairobi led by Odm political affairs secretary general Opiyo Wandayi, they  urged the duo to vacate office to allow relevant state agencies to carry out their investigations on the alleged scam diligently ,failure to which they will initiate mass protets until they do so.

“We reiterate that if the two fail to vacate office by Tuesday 8th November 2016, we shall be leading massive demonstrations until they do so.”He said

They accused the Jubilee government for condoning corruption practices within government circles which in turn has affected citizens across the country.

“We wish to make it abundantly clear that the Cabinet Secretary who was in charge when the grand theft at the Health Ministry took place is James Macharia. The current Health CS, Mr. Cleopa Mailu, is actually the one who has made it possible for the theft to be unearthed by commissioning an internal audit.”Wandayo said

“ In the cirmstances, Mr. Macharia and PS Nicholas Muraguri must vacate office to give the law enforcement agencies room to take action against all those who are culpable.”He added

HomaBay women rep Gladys Wanga accused the Inspector General of police  Joseph Boinnet for allowing his officers to interfere with peaceful demonstrators and journalists who are  executing their duties, insisting that their rights are enshrined in the constitution.

Wandayi warned officers who violate the rights of demonstrators and journalists  that they will be held responsible individually, urging police service to provide security for people who are holding legal and peacefull demonstrations as stipulated in the constitution.