MPs ask ODM party leader to come clear on the alleged fake gold scam

More than 20 Members of Parliament have asked Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga to come clear on the alleged fake gold scam.

The leaders said Mr Odinga would not have travelled from Kenya to Dubai without being part of the filthy transaction.

Speaking at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Naivasha Constituency, the MPs who accompanied Deputy President William Ruto for Sunday service, said it was time the opposition leader accepted he was part of the syndicate.

They noted that Handshake had seen Mr Odinga associated with President Uhuru Kenyatta, and as such, engaging in the dirty gold business was undermining the country’s credibility and international image.

They were Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, MPs Gitonga Murugara (Tharaka), Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), Jayne Kihara (Naivasha), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Kuria Kimani (Molo), James Gakuya (Embakasi North) and David Gikaria (Nakuru Town East).

Others were Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Ken Aramat (Narok East), Anthony Kiai (Mukurweini),James Gichuhi (Tetu)

Samuel Gachobe (Subukia), Liz Chelule (Nakuru Women Rep), Kipsengeret Koros (Sigowet/Soin), Moses Kirima (Central Imenti), Joseph Tonui (Kuresoi South), Murwithania Mugambi (Buuri), Josphat Kabeabea (Tigania East) and George Macharia (Ndia).

Mr Ichungwa rubbished claims by Mr Odinga that he was a whistleblower.

“He should face the full force of the law. If you are a whistleblower as you claim, why were you in the same house with those gold cons?” Posed the Kikuyu MP.

He asked ODM leader to explain to Kenyans what he was looking for when he travelled with the fake gold crooks to Dubai.

“You better own up and refund the gold money,” argued Mr Ichungwa, adding that Mr Odinga should disclose the names of the conmen who were in his company. 

Ms Kihara said the scam had thrown Kenya into disrepute.

“Who were these conmen that Mr Odinga went with to Dubai? Have they recorded any statement with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI)? If not, then you (Mr Odinga) is part of the fake gold transaction,” she said.

Supporting Naivasha MP’s sentiments, Ms Kihika asked the DCI to treat the fake gold scandal with the seriousness it deserves.

“If you are serious about the fight against corruption, then let it not be selective. All those involved in this illegal transaction should be held to account,” said the Nakuru Senator.

Mathira MP asked Mr Odinga to work on a better strategy that would help him revive his dwindling political career rather than “awakening his fortunes by engaging in fake business”.

Dr Ruto explained that the deal that Jubilee negotiated for Mr Odinga as African Union Infrastructure Representative did not include prospecting and engaging in the sale of minerals.

He asked the Opposition chief to stick to his assignment and stop dragging the government’s name in the fake gold. 

“We do not have conmen in Jubilee. That business is for those we know out there. They can go on with their trade but let them not put in danger jobs and trade with Dubai,” added the Deputy President.

Mumias East lawmaker said Jubilee would continue bringing the country together “because we want to kill tribalism which has turned out to be Kenya’s biggest enemy”.

“It is through this unity that we have managed to transform this country,” he noted.

On his part, Embakasi North MP said they would continue rallying behind President Uhuru Kenyatta to deliver on his agenda.

“We will not break the 10-10 agreement. Mt Kenya will continue standing with the Deputy President as he seeks to succeed President Kenyatta in 2022,” added Mr Kiai.