President Uhuru has damning files against Mwakwere but refuses to act on them

Corruption is a national security threat, President Uhuru declared in October 2015. At the same time, the President talked tough on EACC and the office of DPP to ensure they thoroughly investigate and bring to books those implicated in corruption. This was after he had tabled the list of shame in parliament earlier in the year. Also the same year, the President acknowledged that corruption was happening right under his nose in the Office of the President.

Almost two years later, no high profile cases have been successfully prosecuted. The slow pace of tackling corruption that got Kenyans talking after the Afya House scandal surfaced made President Uhuru bow down that there is nothing he can do to get rid of corruption. In his own words he asked, “mnataka nifanye nini?”

The inability of the President to tackle corruption has largely been blamed on the new constitution, which confers independence to institutions like the EACC which today operates without “interference” from the executive or any other arm of the government. Supporters of the president have largely bought to this lie.

The excuse that the executive is unable to deal with corruption once and for all was exposed as a lie yesterday when the President called on the former Ambassador to Tanzania, Chirau Ali Mwakwere, to stop calling him names or else the President himself will expose him.

“I was shocked when he joined our opponents after giving him the ambassadorial post. Now he is abusing my administration (saying) that we have grabbed land and other silly claims. I am warning him to desist and do peaceful campaigns or I will expose all his ills. I have all his files and I can open them to the public any time,” President Uhuru said during his four day tour in the coast region.

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The statement sparked outrage in social media with many, including some who have expressed support for the President, asking why the President doesn’t want to bring Mr. Mwakwere to books yet he has publicly acknowledged to having all Mwakwere’s files that contain his ills. As was clearly reported, the ills of Mwakwere will only be exposed if Mwakwere continues to attack the President and his government.

As all know, the President swore an oath to uphold both the constitution and the laws of Kenya when he took over the instruments of power. Now that he refuses to uphold the constitution and bring those who have “ills” against the laws of Kenya to book, how can we Kenyans ensure that our constitutions and laws are respected?

Odipo Riaga
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