Nanok says graft war has been politicized;state trying to avert attention

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Council of Governors chairman Josphat Nanok addressing the press
Council of Governors chairman Josphat Nanok addressing the press

The Council of Governors has faulted the process used in the ongoing war on graft, saying it has been politicized. Citing the case of Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, Council of Governors chairman Josphat Nanok said the war against corruption can’t be used selectively to target specific officers, “Governors are heads of governments and the war on corruption cannot be used to embarrass them,” he said, “It is improper to disguise war on corruption as an avenue to settle political scores.”

From right, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo, Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya during the press briefing
From right, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo, Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya during the press briefing

Addressing the press on Monday, Nanok said it is unfortunate that the national government is trying t avert attention from what is happening within the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, “The issue of sugar is something we should be discussing. The disappearance of NYS money is something we should be scrutinizing seriously. It is mischievous to call the media and publicly arrest a Governor so that the public can forget about the rot in other Ministries, Departments and Agencies.”

The CoG chair revealed that there are instances where Governors have referred cases of graft to the Office of the Director of Prosecutions and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission but no action has been taken, adding that the case of Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong shows devolution is under threat given that its chief executive has been arrested and charged in court. “We are aware that there are Counties who will find themselves in similar situations and they are about to experience the same shutdown. This is surely the end of devolution as we know it,” he posited.