President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a strong warning to leaders and top government officials engaging in corrupt dealings.
Speaking at the St Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Ruiru, Kiambu County, the President distanced himself from any leaders facing corruption charges, reiterating that he would not be taking calls from the suspects.
The President further said that no one should politicise the war on corruption because everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
“Wakati ulikuwa unafanya mambo ya ufisadi, hukuwa na familia, hukuwa na jamii, uliiba peke yako, beba msalaba pekee yako (When you were engaging in corruption, you did not have your family or your community with you. You stole alone, so carry your own cross),” he said.
He said that a strong and progressive nation would only be created by its people working together in unity, and urged Kenyans to strengthen the family unit as the foundation of a cohesive nation.
“If the country is built on good family values, especially those that lay emphasis on unity, peace, and love, then it will prosper, but if it doesn’t focus on these values, it will not grow,” he said.
He made a special appeal to Kenyans to join hands and fight corruption, which he singled out as the greatest impediment to the country’s growth.
The President’s message comes just days after Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko was dramatically arrested last Friday, in Voi, over allegations of Ksh357 million procurement graft in the city county.
Sonko has been charged today, 9th December, at the Milimani Law Courts, with heavy police presence to stop protesters, who had reportedly planned to stage demonstrations.
He was also to be charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, according to police reports on Saturday.