Former Jubilee Vice Chair David Murathe has hinted at arrests and possible cabinet reshuffle in the near future, arguing that President Uhuru Kenyatta has given investigations agencies freedom to execute their job.
Last week, Uhuru said he will strictly follow the law in the fight against corruption, adding that state officers who may be charged in court will have no alternative other than to quit the government.
In an interview with KTN on Wednesday, Murathe hinted that Uhuru has given an okay to DPP Noordin Haji and DCI George Kinoti to investigate cases of corruption in government, a move that will have a number of ministers affected.
“When the President addressed the State of the Nation, he washed his hands off the legal process and left the matter to the relevant investigative agencies and courts. That is why he said he doesn’t want mob justice.
“The wheel is turning. It could be turning slowly, but this you can take to the bank; very soon you will see arrests, prosecutions and sackings. The agencies are ready and are just waiting for the whistle to go. That whistle to go was given on Thursday by the President. Is he going to let the agencies go after whoever it is no matter how high? Yes! They have been given the marching order,” said Murathe.
Already, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, Devolution minister Eugene Wamalwa and Agriculture boss Mwangi Kiunjuri have been summoned by DCI in the ongoing probe over alleged loss of Sh21 billion meant for construction of Kimwarer and Arror dams.
Once they are charged in court, the three will be forced to quit government following Uhuru's order. The President has insisted the fight against corruption will be one of the legacies as he exits office in 2022.
So divisive has been the fight against corruption that DP William Ruto has accused the state of using it to settle political scores. But Uhuru has often dismissed assertions that the war targets individuals or communities.