President Uhuru Kenyatta has denied allegations by a section of Tanga Tanga leaders that his government is using corruption cases to fight political opponents.
This comes barely a month after politicians allied to Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto claimed that the state is using anti-corruption agencies to indirectly fight those supporting him.
But in an interview with Citizen TV on Tuesday, August 24, the Head of State laid off the allegations saying he knows what it feels to be wrongly victimised and as such cannot propagate it.
He went ahead and challenged those leaders claiming that the war on corruption has been politicized to come out openly and speak out.
“If anybody has evidence that I have weaponised or used an agency to look after so and so, they should come out,” he said.
Uhuru further maintained that the war on corruption will go on irrespective of political affiliations adding that even his friends involved in the corruption scandals have not been spared.
“I have lost people close to me who I was forced to ask to step down, because of cases before them. I know what it feels like to be wrongly victimised,” Uhuru said.
In July, leaders allied to William Ruto led by Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika accused the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) of politicising the fight against corruption.
“You cannot be coming up with imaginary cases against those allied to William Ruto. The time of mischief is running out,” Kihika warned.
In a meeting with grassroots leaders from Kiambu on July 1, Ruto, who has bitterly fallen out with his boss accused government agencies of politicising the war or corruption.
He stated that the war on corruption in Kenya can only be won if separated from politics among many other things he said have been weaponised i.e used to fight perceived political opponents.
“The fight against corruption will succeed the day we remove politics from that fight. It will succeed the day we remove ethnic or political lenses and we prosecute corruption as corruption,” he said.