A section of Jubilee Party lawmakers have dismissed a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta meant to have all government officials undergo lifestyle audits, describing it as a political witch-hunt against one community.
Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei and Belgut Member of Parliament Nelson Koech questioned the legal frameworks backing the process and opined that it would fail as it had become personalized.
“What we are witnessing in the name of fighting corruption is only good for the public gallery. It’s a selective effort aimed at ensuring that the real criminals go scot free. Nothing substantive will come out of it,” Cherargei stated on Monday.
While clarifying that they supported the war on corruption, they derided the approach taken which they maintained was engineered to settle political scores.
Koech likened the President’s directive to ‘mob justice’ as he explained that it was a cover meant to protect unnamed criminal elements from prosecution.
The calls by the leaders come days after Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, also an ally of Deputy President William Ruto, asked President Kenyatta to expand the scope of the audits to past administrations since 1963 when Kenya gained independence.
Declaring that he was ready to face the audit, Sudi asserted that founding President Jomo Kenyatta, Uhuru’s father, should also undergo the audit.
“We are with the President on this, in fact, more than 100 per cent. We ask everyone to submit to the audit including political leaders and their families.”
“We will start with Mzee Jomo, then follow with him and the rest of us,” he stated.
He was speaking at the burial of a GSU officer, Raymond Kipchumba, at Chepkoiya village in Uasin Gishu County.
President Kenyatta had vowed that all government officials, begining with himself, would undergo the thorough audits to trace looted funds and bring the culprits to book.