Leaders warned against politicizing the war on corruption

Deputy President William Ruto has cautioned leaders against politicizing the war on corruption.

He said the biggest threat in the fight against corruption is politicization of the exercise.

Dr Ruto said enough resources have been allocated to Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) and Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to ensure corruption cases are supported by solid evidence, not hearsay or desire to settle political scores.

Speaking at St Martin’s Kitwii Catholic Church grounds in Kangundo, Machakos County during the Sunday service, the Deputy President said the Government was committed in the war on corruption.

“Corruption cases must be based on proper evidence, actual details, solid and concrete information and not hearsay and the ones inspired by witch-hunt or attempts to settle political scores,” said Dr Ruto.

He asked leaders and Kenyans in general to distinguish between politics of corruption and the fight against corruption.

“Politics of corruption involves exaggeration, distortion and spreading of falsehoods targeting media headlines with the intention of portraying the Jubilee administration as corrupt and injure Kenyans who could have benefitted from such projects as roads, dams and water,” said Dr Ruto.

He said leaders should put aside their political differences, work together and stand up against  those who spread falsehood if the war on corruption is to yield results.

Present were MPs Fabian Muli (Kangundo), James Wamacukuru (Kabete), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala), Joyce Kamene (Women Rep, Machakos), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town) and Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East).

The Deputy President also assured churches that nothing would stop leaders from taking part in the development of the scriptures.

He said those who don’t believe in God would not stop others from participating in the development of churches so as to facilitate the spread of the Gospel to the masses.

“Those who believe in witchcraft, the magicians and those who worship evil spirits are offended and do not like what we are doing in churches. We are telling them we are not going to stop participating in the development of churches,” said Dr Ruto.

Mr Munyaka said the war on corruption would be won if politics is not introduced into the matter

“The fight against corruption should not target some people. By blackmailing others we are not being genuine in this thing,” said Mr Munyaka.

Meanwhile, the MPs told the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to keep off church matters.

They dismissed claims by Mr Odinga that the Pope had has insisted that the vehicle that was presented by the Deputy President to Kisumu Catholic Archbishop Philip Anyolo be returned.

“Mr Odinga should stop pretending to be the one speaking on behalf of the Catholic Church. He should stop spreading lies that the Pope has asked that the vehicle be returned. This is untrue,” said Mr Musyoka.

Wamacukuru wondered why the Opposition leader was bothered about Dr Ruto’s move to participate in church activities.

“Mr Odinga doesn’t go to church but instead he always attends funerals. He should leave the Deputy President alone,” said Wamacukuru.

Mr Gachagua and Mr Mbai said it is Church leaders who invite the Deputy President to help in the development activities..

“It is Christians who invite the Deputy President to the churches. Why is Raila Odinga worried on issues that do not concern him,” said Mr Gachagua.

Mr Mbai said the Catholic Church has its communication channels from the Pope and its wrong for Mr Odinga to mislead Kenyans that the Pope has insisted that the vehicle donated to Kisumu Diocese be returned.