Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi was among the thousands of Kenyans who were not convinced by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s State of the Nation address.
Uhuru, amid anticipation from the country, delivered his speech on Thursday, April 4 with many anticipating his take on the ongoing war on corruption.
While the president vowed to carry on the war on graft, he was also very specific with his methods as he made it clear he would not be breaching the law in the process of bringing corruption suspects to book.
The Head of State said he would only sack corrupt government officials within the confines of the law and no outrage and protests from media and other forces will compel him to fire anyone against provisions of the law.
Uhuru, amid anticipation from the country, delivered his speech on Thursday, April 4 with many anticipating his take on the ongoing war on corruption.immediately. Photo: Uhuru Kenyatta
But Mudavadi, in a follow up statement, faulted Uhuru’s methods, saying they took a much softer stance on individuals implicated in sensational corruption scandals.
“The president spoke very firmly on corruption but I must admit as much as he is committed to the fidelity of the law and he said he’s waiting on those who appear in court to quit. I think the honourable thing that should have come out. As much as he wants to follow that process the level of despair outside there is much out there than he imagines,” Mudavadi said.
Uhuru, during his speech, cited the recent case of Supreme Court Judge Jackton Ojwang’ who was suspended over allegations of abuse of office as proof that the war on graft was full-on and following the law was the way to go.
However, according to the ANC boss, there should be no waiting on court processes especially when a suspect has been consistently linked in several graft cases.
“He should have said rather than wait to be arraigned in court, if you know you have been a regular visitor to these investigative agencies and there’s something they have been zeroing in on, why wait, do the honorable thing and resign. Integrity is two way and should not expect State to follow pronciples and you continue sitting in office yet you have embarrassed government through corrupt deals,” Mudavadi went on.
Uhuru, during his address, also spoke on a number of other pressing national issues including the country’s economy which he expects to grow by 6.3% in 2019.