By Calvin Osiemo
President Uhuru Kenyatta has dismissed calls for Deputy President William Ruto’s resignation due to the ongoing International Criminal Court case against him by leaders who are on the list of corrupt officials directed to step aside to allow investigation into graft allegations against them.
The President said charges against DP Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Sang are not corruption charges and insisted that governors who have been accused of corruption must step aside until they are vindicated off the claims.
“Politicians have tried to evade their responsibility with regards to integrity, accountability and transparency by irrelevantly, improperly and cynically making reference to the ongoing proceedings at the International Criminal Court. It is imperative to recognize the stark distinctions between the ICC and corruption. The ICC cases are not about corruption. In any event, it will be recalled that claims touching on the ICC were canvassed at length before the Constitutional Court prior to the last General Election.” read in part a statement read by Statehouse spokesperson Manoah Esipisu.
This comes after Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu and Labor Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi stepped aside after their names appeared in the ‘list of shame” presented to parliament and senate after the State of the Nation Address.
The President’s statement which is most likely targeted to the Council of Governors who claimed that being elected officials cushions them from being directed to step aside comparing their predicament with DP Ruto’s case in ICC.
“The fact that Governors are elected officials does not absolve them from accountability in accordance with the laws of the land. Election does not, and is not intended to confer a license to loot,” read the statement from State House.
Charity Ngilu’s Lands dockect in the meantime will be taken up by ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.