Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary General Edwin Sifuna has backed a move by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) to profile persons from various communities being investigated over graft.
Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji listed ethnic groups whose members featured the most in various corruption cases.
In an exclusive interview with Hivisasa, Sifuna expressed his support for the move, noting that the the approach needed a more detailed report that would help tell more facts beyond the communities with a majority of the culprits.
According to Sifuna, the DPP ought to have indicated the amount of money lost or suspected to have been lost to each of the ethnic groups he listed to expose those looting the most.
“There may be just ten people from a particular community but stealing billions of taxpayers’ money. I’d have preferred seeing the exact amount each of them may have stolen. This way, some tribes would move up the rank,” said Sifuna.
He went on to dismiss the DPP’s critics after a section of Kenyans felt it was wrong for Haji to profile people facing graft charges on the basis of their tribes.
The move, Sifuna posits, was well calculated and would serve best to silence leaders who were keen on attacking agencies involved in the fight against corruption.
“There’s a Swahili saying that; ‘Ukweli ukidhihirika, uongo hujitenga’ (When the truth is established, lies separate themselves). How else would he (Haji) have defended his office given they are being accused of targeting the Kalenjins?
“The only way one can handle such is say having facts put forward. What are they going to say now that they claimed the war was targeting a particular community?” concluded Sifuna.