Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has expressed doubts on Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua’s resolve to jail the corrupt when they take over power.
While addressing residents of his Kiambu backyard, Kuria urged the two leaders to start by jailing the corrupt in the Jubilee government for Kenyans to take them seriously.
“I hear them saying their first agenda will be to arrest people and take them to Kamiti prison. Raila is my friend, I dare them to start now,” said Kuria.
The MP said there have been many cases of corruption during President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto’s tenure which Mr Odinga should start with.
This, he said, includes the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) scandal, a number of road construction projects and Thwake dam construction where he alleges billions of taxpayers’ money have been lost.
Despite Kuria’s explanation, prosecution and conviction doesn’t lie with politicians, rather, it is the responsibility of the criminal justice system with the help of investigating authorities such as the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC).
Thus, Mr Odinga and Ms Karua are powerless to prosecute the corrupt.
Mr Kuria, meanwhile, will be contesting the Kiambu gubernatorial seat in the August 2022 polls. He is likely to face stiff competition from UDA candidate Kimani wa Matangi, incumbent James Nyoro of Jubilee, Wainana Jungle, who is an independent candidate and William Kabogo of Tujibebe party.
At the national level, Mr Kuria has declared his support for Deputy President William Ruto.