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EDITORIAL: Let DCI, Haji do their job, don't politicise graft war

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In the last few days Deputy President William Ruto has led his troops in attacking the Director of Criminal Investigations after the DCI intensified investigations into how Sh21 billion meant for two dams in rift valley was spent.

Director of Criminal investigations George Kinoti in his office at DCI headquarters during an interview. /MONICA KIMANI
Director of Criminal investigations George Kinoti in his office at DCI headquarters during an interview. Director of Criminal investigations George Kinoti in his office at DCI headquarters during an interview. /MONICA KIMANI
Image: /MONICA MWANGI

In the last few days, Deputy President William Ruto has led his troops in attacking Director of Criminal Investigations Geroge Kinoti after the DCI intensified investigations into how Sh21 billion meant for two dams in Rift Valley was spent.

There is no debate or doubt that people, public officials in particular, must be held to account for corrupt activities. Indeed, corruption must be fought everywhere, that is in both the public and private sectors, across society, from the central government to the counties.

To attack DCI boss Kinoti even before he completes his investigations amounts to interference in his work. Ruto and his allies should wait for the investigations to be completed before they offer their comments. Or let them present their evidence to the DCI at this time to aid in their investigations.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has demonstrated his commitment to root out graft. Therefore, the relevant institutions and officials — including the DCI, ODPP Noordin Haji and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission —  must fight corruption without fear or favour.

As DP Ruto and his allies are fond of saying, the war on corruption must be not politicised. There should be no selective prosecutions. Justice is supposed to be blind.