Cord leaders have accused the Jubilee Government of using the prosecution of the Anglo Leasing suspects as a cover-up for the “chicken” scandal.
The leaders on Saturday said the chicken scandal, which touches on allegations of bribery of election officials, was a matter of grave concern that had wasted millions of taxpayers’ money as well as tainted the image of the elections body.
They accused the government of tolerating graft at the expense of serving Kenyans.
Senators Johnstone Muthama (Machakos), James Orengo (Siaya), Moses Kajwang’ (Homa Bay) at the same time issued what they called a final warning to rebel MPs, saying their time in the coalition was up.
Speaking in Ajigo in Bondo, Siaya County, during the burial of Nomiya church Archbishop Gideon Owalo, MPs Nicholas Gumbo (Rarieda), TJ Kajwang’ (Ruaraka), Oburu Oginga (nominated) and James Nyikal of Seme said the British authorities had already done the bulk of the work of investigating the scandal and identifying the culprits.
The leaders were making reference to claims that senior officials of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) received bribes worth millions of shillings from the British security printing firm Smith & Ouzman for awarding a tender to print election materials.
Those being investigated over the scandal include the current IEBC chairman Issack Hassan and Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir who served as a commissioner at IIEC.
Mr Muthama said the government had failed in unifying the country and fighting graft.
“Why pay for the Anglo Leasing scandal and convict others later? This is a government that tolerates theft and corruption at the expense of service delivery,” he said.
Mr Gideon Charles Owalo, father of Eliud Owalo, a former campaign manager of Mr Raila Odinga, has been at the helm of the Nomiya church founded by his father Yohana Owalo in 1907.
TYRANNY OF NUMBERS
Mr Orengo said they will push for a change of law to have the IEBC ensure an equal number of registered voters in all counties to deal with the tyranny of numbers issue.
He accused the Jubilee Government of planning to use the electoral body to rig the 2017 elections.
“We must put in place laws to require the electoral body to ensure an equal threshold in the number of voters in all the 47 counties,” he said.
Mr Kajwang said that the IEBC officials who allegedly ate “chicken” must be arrested and prosecuted.
Dr Oginga said the prosecution of those involved in the Anglo Leasing scandal should not be a scapegoat for the “chicken gate”.
Mr TJ Kajwang’ accused the Jubilee Government of glorifying corruption and tribalism at the expense of their campaign agenda of a unified Kenya.
“The line between political graft and threats has become very thin in this country, thanks to lack of goodwill from President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto,” said Mr Kajwang’.
“The question of referendum is now not a choice since everyone is now agreeing that issues facing ordinary Kenyans are grave,” he added.
Seme MP James Nyikal accused “rebels” of causing unnecessary conflicts between party leaders and supporters.
Dr Nyikal asked party leader Raila Odinga to deal with the rebels, saying they were deceiving the party.
“We are still under-developed as a region because of cheap politics that glorifies bickering and disunity among members of the party,” he said.