My track record in fighting graft speaks for itself, says President Uhuru
SEE ALSO :The curse of handshake“I seek the indulgence of the Judiciary because I believe that no administration in the history of this country has prosecuted corruption cases the way I have done…from ministers to governors, senior government officers, procurement officers, I have been on the frontline.” Uhuru said the Executive had fulfilled its mandate in the fight against corruption and that the ball was on the Judiciary’s court to convict the suspects. “I have no power of convicting the accused. We have done our part and now the Judiciary should give us convictions as an indication that we are winning this war,” he said. In what seemed like a thinly-packaged dig at the courts, the President referred to the Akasha brothers’ case in which US courts sentenced them within a year after Kenyan courts failed to nail them. “It is a shame to our country that we prosecuted a case against drug traffickers in our country and we couldn’t get a prosecution. And, within a year of them being arraigned in the United States, they have been jailed for no less than 25 years. That is something that our Judiciary should come to terms with."
SEE ALSO :Uhuru to open Naivasha SGR stationHe added that the fight against corruption has yielded results because state officers now fear to engage in the vice. He said that the government had changed tack and has resorted to fighting graft at source and not after it has happened. He also directed the National Intelligence Service to focus its attention on unmasking and netting the crooks that he said had been looting public resources through public systems of budgeting, procurement, regulations and the illegal rigging of markets. He directed the NIS to look at agriculture sector, this is in the same speech where he dropped Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri. President Uhuru's address comes at a time that the Judiciary and the Executive are having strained relationships with lawyers and judges accusing the Executive of defying court orders. Yesterday, the Attorney-General Kihara Kariuki was summoned to appear in court to explain the state’s defiance of court orders issued regarding the return of lawyer Miguna Miguna.
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