Arrests, prosecution expose widening rift in Jubilee Party

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 24 Jul, 2019 07:00 | 2 mins read
Treasury CS Henry Rotich’s lawyers Kipchumba Murkomen, Katwa Kigen and Kioko Kilukumi at Milimani Law Courts, yesterday. Photo/CHARLES MATHAI

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The arrest and prosecution of Treasury Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich, Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge and his East African Community counterpart Susan Koech over the Kimwarer and Arror dams graft saga has widened the rift in the ruling party.  

While President Uhuru Kenyatta insists the war on graft is sincere and must be won, his deputy William Ruto has been on record terming the manner in which the fight is being carried witch-hunt. 

And after the Monday arrests, the DP’s lieutenants fired more salvos at the President and the investigating agencies they claim are being used to embarrass the DP and his allies.  

Bad blood

Outspoken Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi claimed Rotich’s arrest and that of other senior members from the Kalenjin community was a clear indication of bad blood between President Uhuru and their de factor kingpin Ruto, but which was being hidden. 

In a statement posted on his Facebook page titled “welcome to propaganda charade season II”, the controversial MP also listed other graft cases involving parastatal heads from his community, as well as leaders allied to the DP as he sought to justify his claims.  

Some of the cases which he mentioned include the arrest and prosecution of former Kenya Power MD Ken Tarus alleged theft of Sh30 billion from the utility firm and arrest of former Kenya Pipeline Company MD Joe Sang over Sh1.9 billion deal at the Kisumu Oil Jetty.  

“We knew these plans right from the beginning; the plan was to maliciously prosecute those Cabinet Secretaries who are presumed to be allied to DP just to portray him in bad light.

We know that the mission is to end up sacrificing Henry Rotich and Charles Keter. That’s why; personally I don’t believe that there is a genuine fight against corruption in Kenya,” the statement read in part.  

PR stunts

On Monday, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen termed the war against graft as a public relations exercise.  

“Looking at those being arrested and those being left out,  we are exercising PR stunts to lie to Kenyans that we are fighting graft,” he told journalists outside the DCI headquarters.