• Kenya has been losing billions of shillings to corruption.
• Mudavadi says corruption must be fought on all fronts from the grassroots to the national government.
About 17 current and former governors are to be probed by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Director of Public Prosecutions over corruption.
The revelation was made yesterday by ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi. Without naming names, their administrations are mired in graft scandals. He said some of them still preside over corruption without knowing they are on the DCI radar.
Kenya has been losing billions of shillings to corruption. Mudavadi urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to intensify the anti-graft crackdown so those found complicit are punished irrespective of their political or socioeconomic status.
He spoke in Gidimo village, Hamisi, Vihiga. "Even those who stole Sh2.5 billion meant for the development of the Lake Basin are still under probe."
He said corruption must be fought on all fronts from the grassroots to the national government. Devolution was meant to bring services closer to the people and there have been calls to have it strengthened. However, corruption remains the biggest hindrance to its success.
Mudavadi said those guilty of amassment must carry their own crosses. "We are not going to babysit anyone on matters of corruption. They are stealing as individuals, not as the community."
Meanwhile, Mudavadi rooted for ANC candidate Eliud Owallo to win the Kibra by-election set for November 7. "Kenyan politics must be changed and the political class should also embrace that political change," he said.
Owallo expressed confidence that he will emerge victoriously, urging Western residents to vote for ANC candidates only (famously known as the six-piece pattern) in the 2022 election to strengthen the party.
"Western, we have many unregistered voters, there is a need to have massive education on voting by local leaders from this region. When we have many votes from this side, it will be easier for us to top other regions,” he said.