Kenyan continues to lag behind when it comes to development because of massive runaway graft, Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina has said. 

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In an interview with Daily Nation, the senator has asked county bosses to back President Uhuru Kenyatta in the war against graft. 

He noted that billions allocated to county governments remain unaccounted for yet the governors are proudly in their offices. 

He argued that the war against corruption should be fought from all ends. Maina also opined that it takes the goodwill of Kenyans from different political schools of thought to achieve the fight against the vice. 

He also hailed the handshake between Uhuru and his long-time political rival turned bosom ally ODM leader Raila Amolo Odinga. He noted that the newfound love between the two is ideal for the fight to end corruption in the nation once and for all.

"The prevailing climate of handshake where there has been less political interference in tackling national problems provides the best opportunity to fight graft," Mr Maina said.

He also praised Justice Mumbi Ngugi for ruling that all leaders suspected to be involved in cases of graft should step aside to allow for investigations into the claims against them before they can resume work.

"I would like to congratulate Justice Mumbi Ngugi for coming out clearly for ensuring leaders charged with graft stay away from office as per the constitution to avoid interfering with evidence. This will help minimise corruption," Mr Maina said.