Kenyans were outspoken in their criticism of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua for his opinions on the investigation of cases of corruption involving governors.
Kenyans voiced their displeasure over Gachagua's statements, lamenting that they would hinder the fight against corruption, under the leadership of Citizen TV's Editorial Director, Linus Kaikai, and Raila Odinga Presidential Secretariat Spokesperson, prof. Makau Mutua.
On September 15, Kaikai said that governors might receive preferential treatment because they might take advantage of the new policy. This was said during Citizen TV's News Gang program.
Kaikai forewarned the new administration that despite efforts to combat it, corruption remained a significant problem in the nation.
"The DP's sentiments should be viewed with alarm. This suggests two things: first, that elected officials or governors who are suspected of corruption receive preferential treatment; and second, that investigators should not be allowed access to government buildings.
"Uncontestable facts should be presented to the DP and the new administration. There have been instances of abuse in government offices. Government offices have been linked to all high-level cases, including Goldenberg, NYS," he said.
Makau Mutua agreed with Kaikai in saying that Gachagua's comments showed how lax the new administration was in its efforts to combat corruption.
"Gachagua's statements regarding the DCI are shocking. Governors and other high-ranking government officials aren't above the law, and any capable detective or police officer should look into or detain them for a reason.
The DP thinks there ought to be a hierarchy in the investigation of crimes. Impunity," the man said.
The DP revealed that they had given the DCI a directive regarding the investigation of corruption cases involving governors while speaking at the induction of the recently sworn-in governors in Mombasa on September 15.
"We instructed the DCI to return to Kiambu Road and wait for crimes to be reported there. They should not be swarming around government buildings, interfering with service delivery, and generally being there. Because DCI defile the working environment for government employees, we cannot have them in offices.
"We don't mean to imply that we don't fight corruption, but let's respect those in positions of power." Instead of giving it to a junior officer, let the head of the body write the governor directly," he said.
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