Kenya: No One Including the President Should Be Left Out in Graft War – Ruto

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Nairobi — Deputy President William Ruto says the war on corruption is a lost war indicating that it has metamorphosed to a personal war with the relevant institutions being weakened.

In a meeting with civil societies, Ruto pointed out that the fight against corruption should leave no one behind including President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“We must not personalize or politicize corruption. We must deal with it from an institutional space so that everyone including the president is held to account. The fight against corruption hasn’t gone any far because its directed by somebody from somewhere,” he said.

The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential flag bearer further stated that immediately he assumes office in August, his government will operationalize the Judiciary Fund.

Ruto pointed out that the Fund will give the Judiciary financial independence, offering it teeth to work impartially.

“The constitution says that the Judiciary Fund should have two half percent of our budget why is the Judiciary continuing to get 0.7 percent of our budget .Why hasn’t the Judiciary Fund been operationalize? It’s because they are people who want to continue pulling strings around the Judiciary,” he said.

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DP Ruto said his administration will build and empower independent institutions that are charged with the fight against corruption.

“The institutions must be strong enough to deal with everybody and we will be held account for that. We have to deal with state capture and we have deal with conflict of interest,” he said.