Deputy President William Ruto was “insincere” about his sacking in 2011, Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua has said.
Karua said Ruto was fired for failing the integrity test, which all public servants were to undergo as outlined in Chapter Six of the Constitution, and not because he cancelled sugar barons’ licences.
“Back then I was a member of the backbench in parliament we raised the issues of integrity against Ruto as he was facing a fraud case regarding Ngong forest land. He had taken cash from Kenya Pipeline in exchange of that land that was non-existent,” she said on Wednesday.
Speaking at her party headquarters in Nairobi, Karua said the DP should give the list of all companies and individuals whose sugar licences were revoked, backed up by information on how they had been approved.
“Following our agitation in Parliament and the Hansard can bear me witnesses him and other minister whom I can’t mention here because isnâ€™t part of the debate now were removed from Cabinet.”
The Courts later dismissed the land case against Ruto after a key witness failed to testify.
She faulted the government for withholding information concerning the Uganda-Kenya deal, saying this escalated the sugar debate, which is a disservice to government itself and the people of Kenya.
“There is nothing strange by importing commodities from our neighbour countries, however the Constitution demands that before such decisions are made the public must get full disclosure of the details so as they can interrogate it to avoid scenarios of flooding Kenya with cheap sugar leading to collapse of local sugar industry hence loss of livelihoods to hundreds of thousands of local farmers,” she said.