If Infotrack were to carry out an opinion poll to determine the most corrupt regime in Kenyan history, Jubilee government would take accolades and top honours.
The President has unwittingly admitted that he is powerless, helpless and unable to fight graft. The best he can do is rant and rave at his ‘commanders’ instead of cracking the whip! The Duo’s lethargic and half hearted attempts to reign in the scourge has caused it to spiral into bigger scandals in terms of scale and money involved.
Corruption bigwigs have become more emboldened by the executive’s inertia. They have become bystanders as the country continues to bleed and go on its knees. They cannot rout out corruption in their own offices!
It is instructive to note that the two offices are among the most corrupt in the country. Why can’t our President take a cue from Magufuli, Kagame and Buhari? Why can’t he take the bull by the horns? Now that the Tanzanian President is in the country he should take him aside, swallow his pride and ask for tips on how to fight this monster!
The sh.5 billion Afya House heist is similar to the sh.791 NYS haul in that IFMIS was misused to inflate figures and create fictitious ones.
At a time when Doctors are downing their tools protesting against poor pay, patients dying for lack of equipment including diagnosis machines, cancer detection kits, and unaffordable treatment, such mind boggling sums of money would have gone a long way in alleviating the suffering of medical practitioners and patients.
The worst part is that the beneficiaries are close relatives of the President. He won’t talk. He has left it to the cabinet secretary and the Deputy President to come to his kins’ defence. And they are doing a very poor job.
Ruto’s assertion that the President’s sister and cousin are women and therefore qualify for government tenders flies in the face of the poor and disadvantaged groups. Did they get the tenders competitively? He was at pains to try and convince Kenyans that The President’s relatives fall among the disadvantaged groups! Seriously! He ended up with the usual tirades of blaming the opposition, yet the whistle blower was the Internal Auditor. Raila, like the astute politician he is, took up the issue and did not disappoint.
Ruto went as far as comparing the performance of the government and opposition, yet the latter neither collects taxes nor manages them! The work of the opposition is to keep the government in check and ensure that it fulfils the promises it made to Kenyans.
Cleopa Maillu, the cabinet secretary is unapologetic, blaming the Auditor for releasing an interim audit report. He is hard pressed to convince us no money was lost yet wants to bring in external Auditors who will have received a brief from him on how to conduct the audit.