CORRUPTION WAR

Anyone in graft case will be removed from government - Uhuru

In Summary

• Uhuru said he remains confident in government agencies to deliver justice.

• President admits he has been under pressure to sack government officials.

President Uhuru Kenyatta.
President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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Once you are mentioned in a corruption case and taken to court, you have to leave government, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

"I undertake to act and remove from the government any individual who will have a case to answer before the court," Uhuru said.

Speaking during the State of the Nation Address on Thursday, Uhuru said he has been under pressure to sack government officials.

Once you are mentioned in a corruption case and taken to court, you have to leave government, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said. See story https://bit.ly/2U1v4Q8

"There will be no sacred cows in the fight against corruption. I am under pressure that who am I sacking but I must, however, caution that the pursuit of the corrupt will be pursued within the law," he said.

Uhuru said the fight on corruption will not be done based on protests and media narratives.

"Our actions will not be based on condemnations... the cornerstone of our democracy is the rule of law and the process of due process is a critical anchor of that principle," he said.

"We must aspire to this and ensure that we do not pursue justice in one area through injustice in the other area."

Uhuru said he remains confident in government agencies to deliver justice on the strength of evidence and infertility to the law.

"The values of integrity, hard work and sacrifice must be reinstated and held dear in the eyes of our children. I intend to be the President that delivers this future."

Earlier, Uhuru revoked Justice Joseph Mutava's appointment.

This was after the Supreme Court affirmed a decision by a tribunal that recommended his removal over gross misconduct.