Former President Uhuru Kenyatta has hit back at President William Ruto’s government for witch-hunting him and his family.
In a thinly veiled attack, Uhuru termed the threat to expose his family over alleged tax evasion over the years as sideshows.
“Don’t worry about these people who are making noise, people who have nothing else to do will always make noise. That’s life. We will mind our business,” he said.
The ex-Head of State was speaking at the residence of the late former Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha in Lavington when he joined the family to condole with them.
In his tribute, Uhuru lauded Magoha for his diligent service to the nation when he served in the capacity of Education Minister during his administration.
“I believe that when I made Prof Magoha a Minister, I made the right choice in putting him at the helm of our education, a man who deserved that position. He, from there continued addressing the curriculum challenges and even brought a new curriculum stalked the day.”
Uhuru was in the company of Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, who called out the Ruto’s government for victimizing the former Kenyan leader.
“What would George think of hearing his number one (Uhuru) being victimized? What is this we are hearing around town? It is pettiness,” Kalonzo said.
In recent days, the Kenyattas have been dragged through the mud by Ruto and his allies, who allege that the powerful family has been evading taxes.
President Ruto on Monday claimed that tax evaders in Uhuru’s regime were financing Azimio la Umoja protest rallies hoping he would make a U-turn on his new policy that everyone must pay taxes.
Hours later, Kenya Kwanza senators echoed Ruto’s statements and accused the Kenyatta family of being among tax evaders.
Led by Nyandarua senator John Methu and his Nyeri counterpart Wahome Wamatinga, the legislators want businesses owned by Uhuru’s kin investigated to determine whether they have been remitting taxes.
If found guilty of tax evasion, the senators demand that the government goes back in time and recovers all unpaid taxes.
However, the Kenya Kwanza administration has been faulted for acting saints while some of its allies have also been flagged over tax evasion.
Ironically, many of them, including businesswoman Mary Wambui and industrialist Humfrey Kariuki had their tax evasion cases dropped after Ruto took over power and were even rewarded with state jobs.