Lifestyle audit will clear my name, says DP Ruto
2 months ago, 10 July 09:00
Mark Masai: Top on the minds of Kenyans is the issue of corruption. As the Deputy President, how does this make you feel, and will you take responsibility for the poor state of the country?
William Ruto: I wouldn’t run away from responsibility on the management of affairs of Kenya because the President and I are the people with whom the buck ultimately stops.
We have in the last five years doubled resources to all agencies that are charged with the fight against corruption, added 100 additional investigators to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and bolstered staff at the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions.
More than any other government, we have consistently ensured that these offices have the human resource, the equipment and the software to deliver in the fight against corruption.
Then, why is it that there seems to be more cases of graft?
We have a Constitution that provides for what the Executive and other institutions can do, and we have done our part. The DPP’s office, which is independent, will deliver on its part while the Inspector-General of Police and the investigating authorities must deliver on their part. The Judiciary must do their part too. It is not the President or the DP who will give you a conviction; it is the Judiciary.
Are you saying that the Judiciary is lagging in its mandate?
You need to ask the DPP that. As for what we in the Executive are expected to do, we have done the best any government would have done. You know, sometimes we glorify theft. We call it corruption, we colour it, we make it a big issue. The biggest threat to Kenya is not necessarily corruption, but leadership that has no vision, that is incompetent and has no plan.
Someone might say that you are describing the Jubilee leadership.
We have built the standard gauge railway, which we had talked about for 30 years. We have connected seven million Kenyans to the power grid to date; only two million were connected in 50 years. Did corruption stop the construction of the standard gauge railway? No. Did corruption stop the connection? Did it stop us from having additional health referral facilities? No. What stopped us from moving Kenya forward is incompetence.
You spoke vehemently against the first NYS scandal; what would you say about what is happening now? As you talk about the Big Four agenda, why haven’t you first sealed the stealing loopholes at NYS?
What I said then shows you the kind of anger with which this government talks when public money gets lost. And we took steps … people were taken to court. Unfortunately, some of those cases are hanging in court. For your information, even this Sh400 million, which is currently under investigation, is only a fraction of the Sh20 billion we are spending (annually at NYS), and I’m not saying that Sh400 million is little by any measure. We have said any public officer, without judging anybody, must face the full ...
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