President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, April 4, vowed not to bow to pressure to crack the whip on senior government officials implicated in sleaze.
Delivering the annual state of the nation in a joint sitting of parliament, Mr. Kenyatta confessed he has been under pressure from both the public and political leaders to sack corrupt officials. However, the president disclosed that war on graft would only be fought within the limits of the law.
“I must say I have been under pressure that who am I sacking? But I must, however, caution that the pursuit of the corrupt will be undertaken strictly within the limits of the law. It will not be done through vigilante justice and pitchfork protest,” he reiterated.
The Head of the State said purge on graft should not be turned into a witch-hunt mission of some groups of people in order to maligned or frustrate them.
“The cornerstone of our democracy is the rule of law, and the principle of due process is a critical anchor. We must aspire permanently to this ideal, and ensure that we do not pursue justice in one area through injustice in another,” he noted.
Nonetheless, President Kenyatta said that any government officials arraigned in court over the menace will have to resign and answer their cases first.
He further expressed his confidence in complete eradication of corruption by his government saying none will be spared in the ongoing crackdown on corrupt.
“There will be no turning back in the war against corruption and impunity. There will be no sacred cows, no compromise. The fight against corruption is a fight for the soul of our nation,” said the President.
He revealed his government has recovered stolen assets worth Kshs 2.5 billion ($25 million) and is currently pursuing property approximated to be Kshs.7.5 billion ($75 million).
Buidling Bridges Initiative
The President assured Kenyans that no relent in building bridges initiatives that assures inclusion, cohesion, unity and respect for all Kenyans.
Building Bridges Initiative came into existence after peace deal between the President Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga popularly known as handshake.
The team comprises of 14 members whose main mandate is to collect views from Kenyans and come up with recommendations on how to unite the East African country. The task force was given a year to submit its proposals and recommendations.
Uhuru stated that he has set aside Kshs.10 billion ($100 million) to go towards healing wounds of historical injustices. The amount will be used to establish symbols of hope across the country through construction of heritage sites and community information Centre.
“I reaffirm commitment previously made to this house of designating $100 million to heal wounds of historical grievance which have long poisoned by our politics and strained communal relations,” said the President.