Two CORD MPs have claimed the Jubilee government want to remove Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko and replace him with one they can easily manipulate.
Addressing the Press at Parliament Buildings, Suna East MP Junnet Mohammed and Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang’ revealed the ploy is after the DPP declined to charge some of the cabinet ministers who had been suspended owing to insufficient evidence.
The two MPs claim the presidency is weakening independent institutions so as to appear to be the only institution fighting corruption.
“When the President hijacked the war on corruption by presenting a list of several Kenyans who were under investigations by EACC; and gave deadlines to the duration they were to be found guilty; some of us protested the move because we saw it not just as another attempt to usurp the powers and functions of independent constitutional institutions but also attempting to re-establish the imperial presidency the country already rejected,” said Junet.
A section of TNA MPs led by Maina Kamanda said over the weekend that they will name people scuttling the war on graft. The MPs had claimed by clearing all those who had been named, the anti-graft bodies (EACC and ODPP) exposed the President as ‘soft on corruption’.
“There is selective prosecution of the people allegedly involved in corruption. There are people who are using big money to determine who should be prosecuted. It is a concern for many people,” claimed Kamanda.
“Names have been circulated of the people we believe are the driving force behind these dirty games at the DPP and EACC. We will name them on the floor of the House. EACC and the DPP are not acting independently,” he added.
However, ODM MPs Junet Mohammed and TJ Kajwang have dismissed their TNA colleagues, accusing them of plotting to remove the DPP.
“From statements by a section of Jubilee politicians, it appears they had other standards to be used in apportioning guilt on these people and which EACC failed to adhere to. This is quite reminiscent of Nyayo era where you were guilty because some powerful MP or minister or businessman close to the President said you were guilty,” said Hon. Junet.
“We warn that the continuing politicization of the fight on corruption, especially by members of President Uhuruâ€™s party, EXPOSES the regime as filed with which-hunt and fixers. It is like this new onslaught on the EACC and DPP is as a result of some people not having been fixed to the liking of some Jubilee politicians. We urge the Jubilee MPs to take the list of those they want jailed without following due process to the commissioner of prisons Â Â or get serious with life and let EACC and DPP do their work” read the statement.