President Uhuru Kenyatta has said it is not in his place to bar political aspirants from running for elective seats in the August 2017 elections due to corruption allegations.
Speaking on Citizen Nipashe interview on Monday, President Kenyatta said the Constitution places the mandate of handling corruption issue at the door of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) saying it is their responsibility to decide who passes Chapter Six of Leadership and Integrity.
“I do not have the powers to decide who is guilty and who is not, and to choose who will run in the elections,” said President Uhuru.
“EACC has the responsibility of clearing aspirants and candidates for the elections and therefore it is their job to decide who is not fit to hold public office.”
This comes days after the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) tabled a report in the National Assembly last Thursday, calling for fresh investigations into the NYS scandal and recommending that action be taken against those found guilty.
The report also recommended that Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen be charged over his alleged involvement in the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.
Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru has welcomed the report saying it was a clear proof of her innocence in the NYS saga.
“That PAC has not found anything linking me to the NYS saga supports what I have always insisted – I was and still am innocent,” she stated.
President Uhuru on Sonko-Kenneth feud
President Uhuru also noted that he cannot intervene in the current standoff between Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and 2013 Presidential candidate Peter Kenneth, both of whom are vying for the Nairobi governorship seat, unless invited to.
“I will be a fair arbiter if called upon to intervene on any wrangles between Jubilee aspirants eyeing the same position, but that will only happen if they invite me to broker a deal. Otherwise we will leave it to Jubilee supporters to decide who will be the party candidate.”
On Sunday, Kenneth called on Sonko to join him in the race for governorship, a call that the Senator out rightly rejected.
In an interview with Citizen TV Sunday night, Sonko said he does not recognize Kenneth owing to his opposition to President Kenyatta in the 2013 elections, saying he is not ready to run alongside him in the governorship race.
‘No beef with Raila’
President Kenyatta further said he had no enmity with National Super Alliance (NASA) principal Raila Odinga saying difference in political ideologies does not signify hate.
“I have always shown him respect whenever we meet and that should be evidence that I do not hate him (Raila Odinga). I have no issues with him and though we may differ on political ideologies we are friends, unless he thinks otherwise.”