Uhuru Kenyatta and Oscar Sudi in a war of words over corruption
Uhuru Kenyatta and Oscar Sudi in a war of words over corruption

Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi has moved to back his claims that the war against corruption targets members of Deputy President William Ruto’s Kalenjin community.

In a statement to media houses on Wednesday, Sudi pointed out two cases where individuals have been forced out of office and are being prosecuted over acts of omission and commission that they’re not responsible for.

“Mr President, I have heard you repeatedly say the fight against corruption is not against any community or individuals. I beg to differ Sir.  In fact, your so-called fight against corruption is targeted at individuals and a community,” he stated.

According to Sudi, a close ally of DP Ruto, President Kenyatta orchestrated the prosecution of Kenya Power Managing Director Ken Tarus over a transaction that was signed by Ministry of Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge.

“The first witness (in the case) confirmed that you gave instructions that any evidence that would adversely implicate the PS should be expunged. Of course, the PS is immune because he comes from your county,” alleged the MP.

Oscar Sudi further claimed that the president had pushed for the prosecution of Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC)Managing Director Joe Sang over a fuel jetty in Kisumu, whose construction was supposedly instructed by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, in his instructions to the board’s chairperson Mr John Ngumi.

“Joe Sang was implementing instructions of the board chaired by the said Ngumi. John Ngumi cannot be prosecuted because he is your man, not to mention Joseph Kinyua.”

On the ongoing allegations of theft of public money in the Arror and Kimwarer dams in Elgeyo Marakwet dams, Sudi said that it was all hot-air aimed at ensuring the cancellation of the project.

He noted: “Advance payments were made for Thwake dam in Makueni (7.2 billion, 2 years ago), Karumenu dam in Kiambu (3.6 billion, 1 and half years ago), Arror dam in Elgeyo Marakwet (4.2 billion, a year ago), and Kimwarer dam in Elgeiyo Marakwet (3.6 billion, 6 months ago).

“In all 4 dams, no work has started, but you have selectively chosen Arror and Kimwarer for profiling with the ultimate objective of ensuring that these dams are not constructed, and of course, you want to prosecute more individuals from that region.”’

The Kenya Forest Service, according to the Jubilee MP, which is mandated with the approval for construction of dams in Kenya, has been given instructions from State House not to approve the construction of Kimwarer and Arror dams months after it had given initial approval to facilitate the procurement process.

“My friend, it doesn’t require rocket science for anybody to see that your so-called fight against corruption targeted at individuals and a community, contrary to your assertions. I respectfully ask you to be man enough and declare war openly on the people you consider your enemies instead of hiding behind the facade of corruption theatrics. What you are engaged in, my dear friend Mr President, Sir, is called IMPUNITY,” claims Sudi.

His statement comes hours after his unflinching response to President Kenyatta’s speech at the official opening of Devolution Conference in Kirinyaga where he called on those who accused him of corruption to report the same to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

“Instead of going to say Uhuru is corrupt in funerals where the dead will not help you, why not go to Karura Forest (the location of the DCI Headquarters) and tell them Uhuru has stolen this and that,” a seemingly agitated President Kenyatta said, in what has been construed as a direct attack on Oscar Sudi.

Last week, Sudi had claimed that the Kenyatta family was allegedly pushing for the takeover of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by Kenya Airways for their own interests. It is reported that KAA Board chair Isaac Awuondo is also the CEO of Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) owned by the Kenyatta family.

Opponents of the deal claim that it would be foolhardy for KQ, a loss-making entity and a private company, to take over KAA, a profit-making public institution, which manages airports in Kenya.

In a post on his Facebook page after the President’s Tuesday address, Oscar Sudi said: “Well, well, well said Mr. President, I agree with you that we must not address these issues in funerals, weddings or other public functions. But unfortunately, Uhuru is DCI and DCI is Uhuru.”