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Duale hits out at MP over 'reckless' comments on war against corruption

Martin Murigi
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Garissa Township MP Aden Duale at a past event. [Source/Aden Duale]

The National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has trashed reports that the concerted efforts to fight corruption are targeted at Deputy President William Ruto.

Duale said Ruto has joined hands with President Uhuru Kenyatta to end graft in the country and termed those saying he is the target as 'out of order'.

Speaking to Sunday Nation, the Garissa Township legislator warned National Assembly Majority Chief Whip Benjamin Washiali against dragging the DP's name in his rant over the sacking of Sports, Culture and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.

Washiali, who is also the Mumias East MP, on Saturday claimed Echesa's dismissal was a wider scheme to sabotage Ruto's 2022 presidential bid.

"It is Washiali who is politicising the war on corruption when he makes such reckless comments and he should stop dragging the name of the DP in his statements," Duale cautioned.

He further warned the Majority Chief Whip against attacking the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) after he (Washiali) claimed they were being used to bring down the DP.

"He is part of the leadership of the Jubilee Party in the House and he should be the last person to attack independent institutions created by the constitution," Duale added.

The report by DCI George Kinoti that Sh21 billion has been stolen in the controversial two dams in the Elgeyo-Marakwet County has lead to claims that he is being used to paint Ruto as corrupt.

"As a citizen of this republic, I do not agree with the way the DCI is doing its job. I believe that the DCI, knowingly or unknowingly, is being used as a weapon in the fight against 2022 politics," said Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, speaking to Citizen TV on Thursday.

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