Deputy President William Ruto has promised to ensure all suspects are prosecuted, no matter their relations with the powers that be.
In an exclusive interview with NTV on Sunday night, Dr Ruto said the anti-graft fight has been politicised, noting that the allies, family members and friends of those that wield power are not touched.
He accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of running a scheme to tarnish his name. Things were cooked for a convenient reason to blame one William Ruto. For instance, the issue of Kimwarer and Arror dams’ contracts… do you know that they have never been cancelled and they are alive? Regardless of the statements and declarations that they make, why have they not cancelled the projects?” he posed.
Dr Ruto lamented that the corruption war, as it is, now serves no good and was aimed at derailing his presidential bid, vowing that he is in it to the end, and will win.In a straight punch to his boss, Dr Ruto said that “when the President is the one who is giving us lectures on who to investigate, arrest, charge… he himself becomes untouchable,” noting that the whole process becomes a matter of institutions worshipping the powers that be instead of delivering on their mandate.
If he were the President, Dr Ruto said, he would not protect his loyalists, friends, relatives and allies, “not even me”.
He said all those associated with his political formation—including his running mate Rigathi Gachagua—will continue with their cases even if he wins in the August 9 polls.“If they have merit, they will succeed and they will be convicted but if their cases were politically instigated, they will fail. Nobody should be safe from the rule of law… be it my deputy, be it the President. This is the only chance we have in fighting corruption and win. I will empower the institutions to even prosecute the President…why not? That is the law,” Dr Ruto said.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION
William Ruto To Deal With ‘State Capture’ If Elected President
Deputy President William Ruto has vowed to that his government if given the mandate to lead the country in the August 9 polls will deal with hands-on with ‘State capture.’
According to the Presidential candidate, state policies are being used to facilitate the theft of public funds as corruption had been absorbed into government.
DP William Ruto made these calims while speaking to the Reuters in an interview.
“We have no intention of prosecuting President Uhuru Kenyatta, but we have every intention of dealing with State capture. It cannot be business as usual,” the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential candidate said.
DP Ruto’s running mate, Rigathi Gachagua also alluded to said State capture, saying those involved will be dealt with should Kenya Kwanza form the next government.
“We will not go after individuals. We will go after all those in state capture and conflict of interest,” Gachagua said in a joint media broadcast.
The Mathira MP vaguely explained that it was “people in power who have used or are using their offices to use up public resources to their advantage,” when asked who or what State capture was.
The DP has also revealed plans of bringing to end the Kenya’s national debt, which currently stands at Sh9 trillion, in an exclusive interview with international media.
He said the country has the capacity to handle the debt situation, and that they as Kenya Kwanza have mapped out plans of how to go about it, should they win.
“We will put the brakes on more borrowing. It may not come to zero but we will begin the journey to slow down on more borrowing,” the DP said.
Campaigns hit fever pitch and candidates scramble for airtime to sell their agendas with just eighteen (18) days left as Kenya will soon be headed to the General Election.
IEBC Clears Sonko To Run For Mombasa Governor
Sonko has increased the intense in the race for Mombasa county which already has aspirants from the UDA and ODM parties.
Sonko has finally been cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to contest for the Mombasa gubernatorial seat.
On Thursday, July 14 2022, Sonko in the accompany of his supporters was given the green light.
The former Nairobi governor was invited by the IEBC to submit his letter for clearance as per a letter addressed to him earlier.
“The venue will be the IEBC Mombasa County offices and you are expected to submit your papers on July 14, 2022 between 2pm and 4pm,” Swalha Ibrahim the returning officer said.
The letter to Sonko came after a high court ruled that the politician doesn’t be disqualified from vying for governor noting that the governor was eligible to run for office. The commission said it could not head to the courts to appeal the decision as time could not allow.
Addressing the media after the clearance, Sonko said his candidature seeks to solve the problems of the people in the Coastal city and that he was bringing a new awakening in the city.
Sonko said he was not worried about the short time time line he has to undertake the campaigns in the large city noting that he was drawing a campaign schedule to begin immediately.
“We must campaign, we have few days but we will utilize them properly. We can do two days per constituency or a day per constituency,” Sonko noted.