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Raila should stop political sideshows, prove graft claims on Jubilee’s administration

ODM leader Raila Odinga has renewed attacks on President Uhuru Kenyatta‘s Jubilee administration over rampant corruption. He has on several occasions cited the loss of National Youth Service funds and the Eurobond saga. In this article, I will not focus much on the issue of NYS since the matter is before the court and a final determination is yet to be made.

In regard to the Eurobond saga, Raila has continued to insist that the country lost Sh250 billion.

It is worth noting a few days after Raila raised this matter he was invited by EACC to record a statement but declined to do so and instead dared the officials to arrest him. “I have been to Kamiti Maximum Prison for more than 100 times. Those giving you the orders to summon me have never been there. I am ready to go back to the Prison.” In light of this, how does Raila expect Kenyans to trust him that Eurobond money was not accounted for?

Indeed contrary to his claims, the Treasury and Central Bank took time to explain to him and the country how the funds raised through the floating of Eurobond in Europe were being utilized. In paid-up-advertisements, the Treasury listed ministries that had received the money.

Notably, one would not need to belabor the point why Raila would revisit these allegations. Being one of his key political cards, he unleashes them when it is convenient for him to attack the government.

Joseph Mutua Ndonga,

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Many will concur with me that cartels have dominated almost all sectors of the economy. These cartels are known to apply unorthodox means to pursue their selfish interests. To tame corruption the Government must put in place stringent measures to ensure service delivery is not compromised, follow the laid down procedures and execute functions within a given timeline.

One way of achieving this is by establishing oversight bodies for all public institutions to ensure procedures are followed before any transactions of major financial implication to the economy are are approved.

Setting up commissions of inquiry to investigate misdeeds that have already been committed is a waste of public funds as the culprits are never brought to book.

It is not yet too late to curb corruption in our economy if only the concerned players are willing to root out the vice without engaging in side shows and unnecessary accusations.

Joseph Gichuki, Nakuru

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A time has come for Kenyans to rise up and say no to corruption, and the Head of State must inspire this spirit to the end.

One thing that is impractical in our country today is attempting to fight graft democratically. Like President Magufuli of Tanzania, President Kenyatta must take decisive actions to uproot this vice from our society.

Being the Head of State with constitutional powers he has nothing to lose if he opted to fight corruption cartels, their profile in society notwithstanding.

Masolo Mabonga

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