Bomet East MP Bernard Bett has called on his United Republican Party (URP) colleagues who have been mentioned in the National Youth Service scandal to step aside.
Speaking to local media, Bett called on National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Deputy President’s aide Farouk Kibet to immediately clear their names over the issue.
“It is unfortunate that a few individuals are tainting the name of the ruling coalition and that of the Deputy President. We want those who have been mentioned adversely to step aside so that the truth can be known,” said Bett.
Bett called on President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy to stamp their authority in the fight against corruption. “We need to tell ourselves the truth here.
The ruling coalition performance in 2017 will largely depend on how it fights graft,” said Bett. On Tuesday, in a sworn affidavit former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru linked the three to NYS Sh791m scam.
During the initial investigations by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Duale and Murkomen, according to Waiguru, threatened the former assistant director of NYS Aden Harakhe, warning him of dire consequences should he fail to instruct the DCI to stop the investigations.
Waiguru said on July 10, 2015, former NYS Deputy Director General Aden Harakhe informed her through a memo that there had been various attempts by political actors to intimidate him. According to Waiguru, Senator Murkomen, at around the same time, visited her office and stated that he represented his clients whose funds had been stopped at IFMIS and bank accounts frozen by the DCI.
The frozen accounts were mainly associated with Josephine Kabura and Ben Gethi.