Cabinet can’t fight corruption, says minister
Published on April 22, 2008, 12:00 am
By Job Weru
AN assistant minister has said the coalition Cabinet would not fight corruption.
Mr Mwangi Kiunjuri, the Water and Irrigation Assistant minister, said the Cabinet had people accused of grand corruption and who lack the moral authority to fight it.
The Laikipia East MP said the new team had personalities suspected of being accomplices in the looting of billions of shillings from public coffers.
He said the faces behind Kenya’s worst corruption deals that left the country on the verge of collapse had made their way into the Cabinet, hence compromising the fight against corruption.
Kiunjuri said it was shameful that some individuals who impoverished crucial State parastatals, and those implicated in the Goldenberg scandal, the Anglo-Leasing and other corrupt deals had been allocated prime ministries.
“Wale waliobomoa Goldenberg, wale walikuwa kwa Anglo-Leasing na wale walioangusha State corporations wote sasa wako kwa Cabinet (Those who masterminded Goldenberg, those behind Anglo-Leasing and those who brought down State corporations are now in the Cabinet),” Kiunjuri said in Nanyuki at the weekend.
The assistant minister described the Cabinet as a “come-we-eat-together” affair.
He claimed the Cabinet also had people who fuelled animosity that led to the killing of innocent people in post-election violence early this year.
“I cannot fear to repeat the same to President Kibaki,” the PNU lawmaker added.