Deputy President William Ruto has challenged anyone with evidence of theft of the Euro Bond funds to present it to investigating agencies.
He made it clear that the Government has nothing to hide regarding the funds saying it was its responsibility to ensure that all revenues collected and accounted for.
He told those claiming to be having information on how the Euro bond money was stolen to take it to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) or the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) as advised by the Director of Public Prosecutions recently.
Said Mr. Ruto: “Let them not make empty threats that they will do this or do that, let them take the information they have to the agencies to be verified”
He added: “This people are not interested in anything good for this country. They are saboteurs bent on spreading rumours and propaganda that is useless,” “if they have any truth let them challenge me,” he posed.
The Deputy President stated that the Government is ready and willing to answer any questions from Kenyans regardless of their status in the society, as it was its responsibility to provide answers about Government revenues when demanded.
He criticized some opposition leaders for recently declining to go to the National Treasury to get the answers for their questions on Euro Bond allegedly because they (the opposition leaders) were more senior than the Cabinet Secretary Mr. Joseph Rotich saying it was self-defeating.
Said Mr. Ruto: “If you are so big to go to small people why do you seek answers from them,” And added: “If your intention is not to wreck the economy of this country, give the evidence to the investigating agencies.”
Mr. Ruto said it was unfortunate that there were some people in the country who were capitalizing on peoples’ poverty to ascend to the country’s leadership.
“It is time we called this bluff. If their intention is not to undermine this country let them challenge me,” he said.
The sentiments were echoed by the leader of majority in the Senate Kuthure Kindiki who noted that Jubilee was not averse to questions. He pointed out that jubilee would answer any questions so long as they are fair.
He said: “Do not ask questions because it will benefit you politically, the opposition is very quick to ask questions about alleged corruption in Government but when they are asked the same they go mute.”
Mr. Kindiki asked the opposition not to convert the fight against graft into an exercise of playing small time politics.
Said Senator Kindiki, “When you claim you are the Prime Minister and yet you are an ordinary Kenyan you are living in the past. Kenyans are beyond that type of brinkmanship.”
Nominated Senator Beatrice Elachi wondered whether opposition principals understood the import of what they were doing in wrecking the economy of this country.
“If you are aspiring to be elected President and you are sabotaging the country’s economy, which type of country do you expect to lead if at all you are elected?” posed Senator Elachi.
The MP for Kikuyu Kimani Ichung’wa charged that the opposition was riddled with corruption and cited cases involving CORD co-principal Moses Wetangula in alleged sleaze in the selling of country’s property in Tokyo, Japan, the bribery allegations involving BAT and the bribery of voters in Bungoma of which the courts made a determination against him.
Mr. Ichungwa was emphatic that Mr. Wetangula was guilty of the voter bribery charges saying the committee formed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (I.E.B.C) to give him a chance to defend himself before possible deregistration as a voter was an illegality.
He said: “When a determination has been made by three courts what business does the I.E.B.C got to give him further hearing?”
Local MP Alice Ng’ang’a, Murang’a women representative Sabina Chege, the MP for Kiharu, Irungu Kangata and the MP for Ruiru Esther Gathogo also added their voices saying allegations of thefts of Euro Bond funds were an attempt by the opposition to revive their dwindling political fortunes.