Raila, DP Ruto differ at Muchai funeral over IEBC chicken gate
CORD Leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President renewed their political rivalry this evening at Muchai funeral over the government’s lip service on corruption. The two, speaking minutes apart, appeared to read from two very different scripts.
Raila who spoke shortly before the Deputy President delved at length with the role of CCTV cameras in bursting crime, saying it should not work historically – that is – CCTV should be used instantaneously to capture and relay criminal activity to a command centre which then allows the police to move in and catch criminals on the act, not wait after the crime to start investigations.
The CORD leader, who started his speech by urging mourners before him, especially politicians, to stop speculation and casting aspersions on others over Muchai death, then turned to the issue of corruption, which many people who spoke before him had claimed Muchai was fighting at the time of his death.
Raila urged the government to move with speed and arrest Kenyan officials who solicited and accepted bribes running to the tune of millions, and which three UK officials of the company Smith & Ouzman were yesterday jailed for a period of three years.
Known as ‘chicken scandal’ or ‘chickengate’, the messy scandal involves senior IEBC officials and officials of the British printing firm Smith & Ouzman.
Speaking in Kiswahili, the CORD leader bluntly told the gathering that those who ‘ate chicken’ (from Smith and Ouzman) should now go and ‘eat beans’, meaning serve their jail terms as happened to their british counterparts. The CORD leader decried the slow pace of investigations into the matter.
This statement riled the Deputy President, whose right hand man Davis Chirchir, now energy cabinet secretary, is implicated in the scandal alongside several top IEBC officials who were at IIEC.
While addressing the mourners after Odinga, Ruto responded to several issues raised by the former premier, but went further to remark the CORD leader seemed to have only singled out the corrupt in IEBC to be brought to book and not Muchai killers!
This is however untrue, as Odinga had delved on Muchai murder throughout his speech and only used the IEBC example to show how the government hides the corrupt. It seems the two politicians still read from completely different political scripts!