Uhuru should learn from Governor Kingi in fighting corruption, says Raila

Uhuru should learn from Governor Kingi in fighting corruption, says Raila

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ODM party leader Raila Odinga (centre) addressing the press photo PHOTO FILE

Mombasa, KENYA: Coalition for Reforms and Democracy CORD principal Raila Odinga has called upon President Uhuru Kenyatta to learn from Kilifi Governor Amos Kingi,  when it comes to fighting corruption in the government.

Addressing journalists in Mombasa on Wednesday, Raila said unlike Uhuru, Kingi has been able to come out clean and called out all officials accused of corruption in his county government.

“Kingi has gone ahead and named all the corrupt officials and suspended them, but Uhuru and Ruto never chose to investigate Waiguru, they kept saying  I was jealous of the government.”  Said Raila.

Raila was addressing allegations that he is not quick to condemn corruption when it hits closer to him, this is after Kilifi county was hit by the Sh 51.2 million IFMIS corruption scandal.

The opposition leader said he had been out of the country when the corruption scandal rocked the county and already he has met with Kilifi leaders to get more information on the saga.

The county under governor Kingi is reported to have  lost at least sh. 51.2 million in the departments of Health services and finance; already ten top county officials have been put on notice regarding the matter.

READ ALSO: Kilifi county assembly bars journalists from sh. 51M corruption probe proceedings

Meanwhile, Raila has accused criminal businessmen assisted by government officers of stealing billions of shillings meant for projects that touch on the very survival of Kenyans.

“The health ministry scam has injured Kenyans on two vulnerable spots one is HIV program and maternity; one would expect the president to be outraged and  act on this, but all you hear is blame game.” Said Raila.

READ ALSO: Governors fault IFMIS over loss of county funds

Raila has called on Uhuru to swiftly take action on the then Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia and Principal Secretary Dr. Nicholas Muraguri that have been implicated in the Health corruption scandal; who are still enjoying privileges of being in office.

Over the weekend during a rally in Mombasa, Deputy President William Ruto  called on Governor Kingi to take responsibility over the scandal; while urging relevant government bodies to commence investigations proceedings against those involved.