Raila: DP Ruto Not The Target in War on Corruption

February 22, 2019

The State’s renewed war on graft is not targeting Deputy President William Ruto, Raila Odinga has said.

According to the AU envoy, there is a misconception that Ruto and his allies are the targets in the fight against corruption.

The former Prime Minister added that no particular individual or region is being targeted. He was responding to a question by KTN’s Tony Gachoka if the corruption war was targeting Ruto.

Raila noted that the objective is to ensure that public funds are not stolen by a few individuals.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta and I are committed to fighting the vice of corruption. Let every corrupt person carry his or her own cross. It can be my mother, child or sister. We should not personalise or regionalise the fight against corruption,” he said.

On the referendum, Raila told his former PA and political analyst Mr Gachoka that there is a need to amend the constitution.

“We don’t need to copy paste things from other countries, we can do them our way to benefit our people. For example, we need to reduce the counties. This doesn’t mean we are killing them. We are just working on a better way to reduce the tax burden on Kenyans,” he said.

“We also need to have separate elections for Senatorial, Parliamentary and MCS and those of Governors and Presidential,” added Raila.

He said the 2010 law was hurriedly written and promulgated under the pressure resulting from the 2007/8 conflict, and it’s now due for amendment.

The ODM leader was also quick to mention that the referendum is not aimed at creating a position for him or President Uhuru in 2022.

“Both of us had been sworn in as presidents. We sat down and agreed we cannot have two presidents in one country and I agreed to step aside for Uhuru and focus on uniting the country by working together and not engaging in 2022 politics,” Raila said.

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