Migori Governor Okoth Obado has come out to defend Deputy President William Ruto, noting that the fight against corruption in Kenya is “highly malicious and selective".

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In an emotive speech on Wednesday when he opened the County Dialogue Forum in Migori Town organised by Inter-Religious Council of Kenya, Obado said the anti-graft war is not in good faith.

He quoted the books of Haggai and Jeremiah in the Bible calling for 'the people and rulers to build the house of God'.

“We should never condemn other leaders for giving their personal donation in churches, we should never condemn churches,” said Obado.

The county boss further argued that the most corrupt individuals in Kenya were the ones shouting the loudest against the vice.

“We know leaders who have been corrupt before, have companies with ghost directors but when people like Obado open a small kiosk, they come and call for an audit,” said the governor.

“I am willing to carry the Bible and swear that some of the corruption allegations against me are fiction. Those saying Obado is corrupt are more corrupt and next time they come to Migori they should carry their Bibles first,” he added.

He termed attempts by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to probe him over allegations of misappropriation of Sh2 billion in Migori county through raids in his homes in Migori and Nairobi and checking his family accounts in Hong kong, Australia and Singapore as “a concert.”

“They have been wasting taxpayers money to go abroad to places where my family members don’t live. I even told them if they find the billions they say I stole they should divide it for me because I don’t have the money,” he said.

The county boss said that it was sad that each time he raises the queries, his opponents refer to him as one of the team 'Tanga-Tanga' members.