ACCUSATIONS

Kenya Kwanza accuses State of funding Azimio campaigns

The leaders said some of the funds are being used to buy off politicians

In Summary

• Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa claimed that a huge sum of money had been withdrawn from a government account to buy off politicians.

• Tharaka Nithi senator Kindiki Kithure claimed the funds have been diverted to the Jubilee Party.

DP William Ruto with party leaders Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) and a host of MPs, MCAs and aspirants at Mosiro, Kajaido county on March 25, 2022.
DP William Ruto with party leaders Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) and a host of MPs, MCAs and aspirants at Mosiro, Kajaido county on March 25, 2022.
Image: WILLIAM RUTO/TWITTER

Leaders allied to Kenya Kwanza Alliance have accused the government for using public resources to fund Azimio la Umoja campaigns. 

They said it was irresponsible for the government to divert funds meant to fund development projects to facilitate political campaigns.

Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa claimed that a huge sum of money had been withdrawn from a government account to buy off politicians.

He warned public servants responsible that they would be held accountable for misappropriation of public resources.

“Those in government should know that they will be held accountable individually for the embezzlement of public funds diverted to political campaigns.”

Ichungwa spoke at Longonot and Mai Mahiu in Naivasha in the company of Deputy President William Ruto.

Other leaders present were party leaders Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) and William Kabogo of Tujibebe Wakenya.

MPs Jayne Kihara (Naivasha), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Kindiki Kithure (Tharaka Nithi), Charles Kanyi (Starehe) and former Machokos senator Johnson Muthama were also present.

Mudavadi echoed Ichungwa's sentiments saying the government diverted funds meant to help farmers to fund Azimio campaigns.

He said parliament allocated Sh5.7 billion shillings to subsidize fertilizer prices from Sh6,000 to Sh2,5000 but the funds were diverted to the security docket where they will likely be misappropriated.  

“The Sh5.7 billion has not gone to security, it has been diverted to fund Azimio la Umoja campaigns,” he said.

Kindiki claimed the funds have been diverted to the Jubilee Party.

“They are now using these funds to buy MPs to join Jubilee Party.”  

The Tharaka Nithi senator said Kenya Kwanza leaders will not give in to threats, blackmail and bribery to betray Kenyans.

Wetangula said the Kenya Kwanza administration will review government expenditure of funds solicited from ministries to fund politics.

“When we take over on 10th of August this year, we will audit government expenditure because these are not personal funds, they are public funds.”

Kabogo said he will not fall for bribes being offered by government to join Azimio la Umoja.

Gachagua said the people of Mt Kenya have rejected the Azimio la Umoja flag bearer, Raila Odinga, saying Ruto has a better plan for the region.

On his part, the DP said the destiny of the country will not be decided by a few individuals guarding their self interests.

The Deputy President said the Kenya Kwanza Alliance will put in place a government that will focus on addressing the needs of ordinary citizens. 

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