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How The Devolution Conference Turned into a war of Words

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The recent devolution conference in Kirinyaga was a center stage for the war of words in the fight against corruption between the top leadership.

During the opening ceremony president Kenyatta hit out at politicians going to funerals and weddings accusing other politicians of engaging in corruption.

“Those politicians going around in events talking about corruption cases at the same time implicating other leaders should cooperate with investigative authorities who are capable to fight corruption by giving out the information they have, If you go to a funeral accusing your colleagues of being corrupt, the deceased cannot help you, walk to the DCI and file an official complaint.” Said president Kenyatta

This came after Kapsaret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi accused the president of being involved in mega corruption scandals yet no action had been taken against him.

In his speech former Prime Minister Raila Odinga criticized the deputy president for alleging only 7 billion out of the 21 billion allocated for the construction of the Arror and Kimwarer dam’s scandal was lost.

”Don’t come and tell us that ‘it was not Ksh.20 billion: it is only Ksh.7 billion let the investigating agencies complete investigations, who are you tell us? How did you know (it was Ksh.7 billion).” Odinga said.


Odinga urged leaders to allow investigative agencies time to probe corruption cases telling the deputy president to state his interest in the dam’s scandal as nobody is above the law.

During the closing ceremony the deputy president responded to the former premier stating that his interest in the dams is because the dams are a key project for the government.

“As DP I would be reckless and have failed in my job if i didn’t pay attention to numbers. The question I am being asked is like a hyena asking a herdsman ‘what is the interest in your herd and how do you know the number of the livestock you’re keeping.’ Honestly why would a herdsman not be interested in the herd and number he is keeping, the whole project was part of Jubilee’s manifesto in the Big 4 agenda, therefore it is my duty to know” said Ruto

The deputy president and the former prime have been engaged in a war of words regarding the fight against corruption mainly regarding the Arror and Kimwarer dams.



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