Kutuny: Graft war selective

Cherengany MP Joshua Kutuny before the National Assembly Public Investment Committee on the KRA EGMs Procurement at Parliament. [Boniface Okendo/Standard]
Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny yesterday talked of how the fight against corruption was selective and biased against petty thieves.

Speaking in sheng slang amid applause by youths, Mr Kutuny said petty thieves were ruthlessly hunted down and sent to jail while those involved in mega public plunders were being spared and given public podium to defend themselves.

He made the remarks even as he lamented about the high rate of unemployment among youths, which has left them struggling to feed their families.

“Masikitiko yangu bwana secretary general (Atwoli) ni kua mtu akiiba krati mbili ya mayai anawekwa ndani lakini tajiri akiiba billion saba anawachiliwa kuzungumza jukwani (My problem is that if somebody steals two crates of eggs, he is jailed but when a prominent person steals Sh7 billion he is given a podium to speak),” charged the lawmaker.

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His remarks came in the backdrop of arrest of four individuals suspected of stealing 10 crates of eggs worth Sh2,500 at Deputy President William Ruto’s farm in Sugoi, Uasin Gishu County.

Eldoret West OCPD Zachariah Bitok said the suspects – two men and two women – are being detained at Turbo Police Station.

Mr Bitok told The Standard a manager at the farm’s poultry section realised eggs worth Sh2,500 were missing and alerted the police.

He said a team of detectives were deployed to establish the circumstances under which the workers stole eggs in what he termed as a very secure farm.

Bitok said the four suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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