Ten MPs have asked the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to dig deeper into the fake gold scandal that has rocked the country so as to punish the ‘real culprits’.
The legislators said that only the ‘small fish‘ were being targeted as sacrificial lambs when the key suspects were walking free, interfering with investigations.
Speaking at the St Jude Muanda Catholic Parish in Bungoma County after the Sunday Service, attended by among others Deputy President William Ruto, the MPs said the manner in which investigations were being carried out showed that the real culprits were being “covered and/or protected”.
The legislators were Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Mwambu Mabonga (Bumula), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), John Waluke (Sirisia), Mathias Robi (Kuria West), Dan Wanyama (Webuye west), Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Owen Baya (Kilifi North), Rahab Mukami (Women Rep, Nyeri) and former MP Bonny Khalwale.
They said action should be taken to all those responsible for the fake gold scandal irrespective of their status.
The MPs said it was wrong and unfair for some leaders to use their offices to engage in corrupt deals at the expense of serving Kenyans.
“Those responsible for the fake gold should be arrested,” said Mr Barasa. “We are only seeing small actors being arrested and criminals are moving around free.”
Mr Baya said the fake gold scandal has tarnished the image of the country, saying Kenya’s business community would be treated with suspicion by other states.
“Businesses are being sabotaged by individuals who are engaging in corrupt deals as in the case of the fake gold. What we want is action against the culprits irrespective of their status in the society,” said Mr Baya.
He said the fake gold scandal is reminiscent of the Goldenberg scandal.
The legislators said it was now clear that the country’s security had been compromised.
“The best thing for those in charge of the security docket to do is to step aside to pave way for investigations into the matter for the country to be safe on matters of security,” said Mr Baya.
Dr Ruto said the Opposition was quick at criticizing other leaders unfairly on matters of corruption, yet they were perpetrators of more serious vices.
“The Opposition accused Jubilee of stealing the Eurobond, which was false, they said we’ve sold Mombasa Port, which was false, now they are selling fake gold. Kenyans now know who are the conmen,” said Dr Ruto.
He asked leaders to put aside their political differences and take a common stand on matters affecting the people.
“Some leaders should stop pretending they are clean yet they are part of dubious and parcel of fake deals as in the case of the fake gold,” said Dr Ruto.
Mr Waluke said some leaders who have been criticizing the Deputy President unfairly were doing so to hide their dubious deals.
“Kenyans now know who the real thieves and conmen are. The gold scandal is just a tip of the iceberg,” Mr Waluke said.
The MPs asked the Opposition to stop invoking the name of President Uhuru Kenyatta in their dubious deals.
“There was law and order in Jubilee until after they joined us,” said Mr Waluke.
The legislators asked residents of Western Kenya to support Dr Ruto for presidency in 2022.
Mr Khalwale and Mr Mabonga said the Luhya community stands to benefit from the presidency of Dr Ruto, saying his development track record was clear for all Kenyans.
They said the Luhya community has been in the opposition for long because of failure to unite.