President Uhuru Kenyatta will not be intimated by threats from politicians who accuse him of stealing public resources.
This was the message Uhuru passed across during his address on Tuesday at the official opening of the sixth annual Devolution Conference in Kirinyaga County.
The Head of State challenged those who think he has stolen public land or funds to file their reports with the Directorate of Criminal investigations instead of attempting to intimidate him.
“Nilisikia mwingine akisema sijui nimeiba mali ya nani. Mimi ninamwambia tembea kwa DCI useme ambacho Uhuru ameiba. Hii tabia ya kutishatisha watu ati kwa sababu umetaja kitu kwa mazishi lazima iishe.
(I heard someone say that I had stolen someone else’s property. I want to tell them to pay a visit to the DCI and report what Uhuru has stolen. This intimidation of people during funerals must stop)
President Uhuru also urged leaders to stop politicizing the war on graft, further urging them to tame the vice at staff level in the devolved units and leave the rest to the relevant state agencies.
“This war (on corruption) will not be won in funerals and weddings or anywhere else, we have those who have been tasked with the responsibility of fighting that battle. And I, as well as other Kenyans, believe that those people are capable of doing that work,” he stated.
Mr Kenyatta reiterated that the fight against graft does not target any specific individual or community, adding that “it is a war against a crime that robs us the opportunity to build a nation with shared prosperity for all.”
He further assured that his government had put in place a proactive asset recovery program that will serve to protect public funds.
“I call on all Governors to join me in this generational struggle where we must emphatically say No to corruption and reign in on the corrupt within our respective governments with this shared renewed zeal,” said the President.
We embarked on the devolution path with the determination to succeed. Over the last six years, we have made significant milestones in the social, economic and political renewal of our Republic, thanks to Devolution. Every Kenyan expects each and every County to prosper and improve the standard of living of its citizens. The hour has come for us to raise the bar in delivery of public services and accountability. More
I urge all County Governments to turn their focus on delivering on the hopes and dreams of Kenyans through tireless commitment to duty, integrity and servant-leadership. Fiscal prudence & curbing wastage is a must at all levels of government to fully realize our development dream. Devolution was informed and inspired by among others, the desire to foster national unity with a view of ensuring equitable development.
The state of our devolved units is strong and must be seen to deliver measurable improvements in the standard of living of our people. As we strive to build our Nation and fill the national basket with the fruits of our labour, it is unfortunate that some have their hands in that basket, taking away from the Common Good the necessary resources needed to build a better Kenya for All.
I expect all of us to desist from creating barriers, hurdles and obstacles in the work of all the State Agencies involved in the war against corruption. I call on all Governors to join me in this generational struggle, where we must emphatically say no to corruption