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September 24, 2018

Raila: Handshake team will unveil graft report

Migori Governor Okoth Obado, Ida Odinga and her husband Opposition leader Raila Odinga during the burial of Senator Ben Oluoch at his home in Kanyimach, July 9, 2018. /COURTESY
Migori Governor Okoth Obado, Ida Odinga and her husband Opposition leader Raila Odinga during the burial of Senator Ben Oluoch at his home in Kanyimach, July 9, 2018. /COURTESY

The 14-member handshake committee will soon table its report with how to tackle corruption top among the recommendations.

NASA leader Raila Odinga yesterday said the team has been holding secret meetings to deliberate on issues affecting the nation.

“The task force will come into public limelight soon and table its work, with the first being on how to fight corruption,” Raila said.

He was speaking at Kanyimach Secondary School in Rongo during the burial of Migori senator Ben Oluoch Okello.

“We [Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta] have been working closely with the task force,” Raila said.

He said corruption is the main cause of conflicts among communities hence denying citizens development.

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Raila said corruption will be dealt with "properly", citing the spirit of handshake and Uhuru's sake for a legacy. Raila said the handshake has given renewed impetus to the war on corruption, saying institutions mandated to fight the vice have been “energized and are working well.”

“Dealing with corruption is the main agenda of the task force committee. Institutions dealing with corruption are already working. We have faith in the institutions,” Raila said.

He said it was unfortunate that Parliament has chosen not to join the fight against graft and was siding with suspects who “everybody know are involved in corruption.”

“It is like sending a hungry dog to chase a thief carrying meat, the thief drops the meat and the dog lets him to go,” Raila said.

The ODM boss asked elected leaders to be at the forefront in the war on corruption saying they were being paid “huge salaries." He said MPs should not be the ones undermining fight against graft.

“Several legislators in this funeral should go and tell their colleagues and assembly leaders that Kenyans are watching,” Raila said.

“Parliament called sugar barons and sanitised them when the DCI and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission were in the process of arresting and prosecuting them. Parliament don’t have the investigative powers and should let the institutions do their work,” Raila said.

Raila promised to help President Kenyatta build a legacy of a united Kenya and push through his development agenda.

Mourners urged the government to put in place measures to curb cancer. Senator Oluoch died of cancer. An estimated 5,000 Kenyans seek cancer treatment outside the country, most of them in India.

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