Deputy President (DP) William Ruto has asked the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) to stop double-speak on issues of corruption in the country.
The DP criticised the opposition party’s “double-standards” position on the vice, saying that it was glaring, loud and obvious.
“They have been lecturing us to resign, step aside, take political responsibilities and even asking people to be taken to courts on corruption allegations. Today, the tune has changed to waiting for professional audits,” Dr Ruto said Tuesday at his Karen residence in Nairobi during a meeting with religious leaders.
He further said ODM was pushing for the special audit as a strategy to sanitize some of its members who had been deeply involved in the COVID-19 pandemic scandals.
“All investigative agencies in Kenya are independent. They do not need lectures on what to do. They will certainly act at the right time,” added.
Earlier this week, ODM leader Raila Odinga defended the party’s position over Sh 43 billion graft allegations at Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).
In a statement, Odinga insisted that a special audit be conducted first to ascertain the veracity of the allegations.
“As matters stand now, none of the people taking to the podium or social media to condemn theft of funds has any evidence. The so-called condemnations of theft could well be part of a cover-up,” said Odinga.
The ODM party leader also made it clear that the party would not defend anyone, including members or relatives and friends of its officials, found to have benefitted from funds and other resources meant for fighting the coronavirus pandemic.