Speaking during a meeting with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) in Nairobi, Matiang’i disclosed that he had received intelligence reports exposing a syndicate targeting prominent businesses in exchange for imaginary protection in the next government.
He urged business owners to resist blackmail and extortion, noting that every Kenyan has a right to do business across the country, without obtaining permission from anyone.
â€œWe have a list of all these corporates who have been visiting leafy homes at night. Some of them are tax evaders who are now buying protection from these politicians,â€ he remarked.
â€œStop funding them. They are not the ones who are going to decide whether youâ€™re going to do business in the country or not. You are Kenyans, and it is your right to do business here. So, donâ€™t be threatened,â€ he assured the entrepreneurs.
He added that ‘paying for protection’ only encourages lawlessness and that the government would not budge in dealing with those who break the law at will.
Matiang’i noted that the dishing out of money by corporates to fund political campaigns was illegal and threatened to flaw the election process.
Reiterating earlier remarks on people with questionable integrity making their way to parliament, he noted that the politicians would use the money to buy votes. The straight-talking CS noted that such leaders would not add value to the legislative role of Parliament.
â€œUnless we are really serious about these things, we will launder these characters into parliament. How do you expect them to amend your tax laws?â€ He posed.
The Interior boss vowed that his Ministry, working in conjunction with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) would guarantee security and ensure a safe transition period to the next regime.
He also poured cold water on a recent push by politicians allied with Deputy President William Ruto to institute police reforms, asking officers to submit their complaints, and promising to look into them.
Matiang’i noted that some of the leaders were to blame for the tribulations that the men in uniform face. He accused them of supplying materials to the National Police Service at exorbitant prices and contributing nothing during security meetings.
“They know absolutely nothing about security. In fact, I sit with some of them in the national security council and they have never said a word about police. Ignore these jokers,” he stated.
The meeting was attended by six cabinet secretaries, 18 principal secretaries, the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai and key private sector players.