President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, January 31, vowed that more politicians involved in graft-related crimes would follow former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, who was impeached by the Senate on Wednesday, January 29.
Speaking in Rurii, Nyandarua County, the president emphasised that he was ready to lose friends who jeopardized his development agenda.
“Just wait and see. These people will be in Kamiti. They were not elected to steal from the people. Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua governor) be alert. These MCAs might land you in the same trouble as seen in some other place.
“You have seen what they did in Kiambu. This is not the same Kenya that they knew. If your hand is long, it will be cut short, not by me but by those who own the resources (Kenyans),” the president remarked.
The president reiterated that he would not protect any individuals caught up in corruption cases.
“Even if you are my best friend, I won’t be your friend if you dip a hand in the public coffers. To some, when I look the other side, they dip their hands to steal, when I turn back I find they have eaten everything from the basket. Not any more. We must protect public resources,” the president continued.
While responding to Deputy President William Ruto’s allies who had alleged that they were being targeted in the fight against corruption, Uhuru stated that those in question had embezzled public funds.
“They are saying when I fight graft that I am targetting individuals. No. Those being sought after are those who have taken what does not belong to them,” he added.
The president’s sentiments come days after the former Kiambu governor was removed from office over allegations of corruption, gross misconduct and abuse of office.
The Senate voted to oust against Waititu on three charges; Violation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, crimes under the national law and abuse of office/ gross misconduct. The tallies for the three separate votes were 23 against 13, 28 against 11 and 27 against 11.