Carry your own cross, Uhuru tells leaders in graft cases

By Oliver Musembi On Sun, 8 Dec, 2019 19:35 | 2 mins read
Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta at a Ruiru church on Sunday, December 8, 2019. PHOTO | PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday told leaders implicated in graft cases to learn to carry their own crosses and avoid politicising the matter.

Reiterating that he will not relent in the anti-corruption crusade, the President Kenyatta told those who have been charged or are being probed to carry their own cross and prove their innocence in the courts.

Speaking during a funds drive at the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ruiru, President Kenyatta said there is no turning back in the anti-graft fight and no one will be spared.

He spoke a day after Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was arrested by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives over allegations of misuse of funds. “We should keep politics out of this,” he said.

“When you steal public funds, you do it alone as Uhuru, Kamau, Patel, Onyango or whoever else. You did not involve other people including your community or family, so there is no point of politicizing the issue,” he said.

However, he added that Kenya is governed by the rule of law and every one is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The President made the comments in wake of the arrest of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko over alleged involvement in corrupt deals.

Sonko joins list of governors who have been arrested over alleged corruption after Kiambu Governor Ferdiand Waititu and Samburu’s Moses Lenolkulal.

The High Court barred governors who have been charged with economic crimes from running county governments until they have been cleared of wrongdoing.

Leaders who accompanied the President included Ruiru MP Simon King’ara, former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo, nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura and acting Kiambu Governor James Nyoro.

Kabogo told Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria to respect the President and stop undermining him through utterances in public meetings.

“I want to send a message to Kuria through his fellow MPs that he should refrain from going to public podiums to insult other leaders including the President. If I was the one…let me not finish,” Kabogo said.

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