Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Jubilee Leadership is Aiding and Abetting Grand Corruption

To be corrupt or not to be corrupt; that is the question the Kenyan people are today posing to President Uhuru Kenyatta. 

In 2006, during the tenure of the ninth Parliament, Uhuru Kenyatta served as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. This same PAC conducted an investigation into the Anglo Leasing Scandal to do with the procurement of a forensic lab for our police force. The committee found Mr Deepak Khamani and Mr Anura Pereira culpable as the main architects behind this scheme to defraud the Kenyan people.

On March 28th, 2009, as Chairman of this Committee, Uhuru Kenyatta named these two individuals and gave a sixty day ultimatum to the government of the day to respond to the findings of his report. Again, in 2009, Uhuru Kenyatta served as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. He reiterated the commitment of the Treasury not to honor any of the controversial Anglo Leasing related promissory notes then valued at Kshs 270 million. He even went as far as publishing a tax-payer funded advertisement on Friday, February 27th, 2009, in the local papers reaffirming his resolve to deal with the issue of Anglo Leasing conclusively.

Eight years later, Uhuru Kenyatta is President, those responsible for these economic crimes are known and yet Kenyans are STILL waiting for answers to the Anglo Fleecing question from the Jubilee Government. Instead of out rightly rejecting the move to pay these briefcase companies for goods that were never supplied, President Kenyatta has gone back on every promise his Jubilee Government made to the Kenyan people on the issue of corruption.

Jubilee continues to push ahead with this nefarious plot to pay KShs 112 billion shillings of Kenyan tax payers’ hard earned money for services NOT RENDERED.

 Furthermore, as CORD, we strongly disagree with the assertion by the Attorney General Githu Muigai, that Kenya is legally bound to make these payments. Any lawyer worth his salt will tell you that any contract is rendered invalid in the event of fraud by any of the parties involved. The companies behind this scandal defrauded the Kenyan people. Jubilee should spend more time exploring this angle as opposed to rushing to recklessly pay the monies.

We, the Kenyan people, therefore CANNOT pay and WILL not pay. Our hospitals are already short of medicine, our youth are lamenting under the burden of unemployment, our homes are under threat from insecurity; we cannot afford to humor the personal projects of the Jubilee Principals - The President and his laptops and his Deputy with his national registration.

If Jubilee insists in going ahead with this economic onslaught on the Kenyan people, we as CORD will file a motion of no confidence in the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta in order that we may protect the Kenyan tax payer from further suffering.

In addition to this, we call upon the Attorney General to declare any interest he may have in the Anglo Leasing matter for the sake of transparency.

We also expect the Government to clear any lingering doubts surrounding the peculiar coincidence that sees the figure of the proposed Eurobond coincide exactly with that of the Anglo Leasing payments.

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

CORD Press Statement of 24 April 2014


Fellow Kenyans, it is now more than one year since we went to the polls to elect new leadership for our beloved country. Being the opposition coalition and in exercise of our constitutional mandate we wish to state as follows;

1. That this being the first election under the new constitutional dispensation, Kenyans had high hopes and expectations that there will be a paradigm shift in management of public affairs. To their consternation however, the past one year has only yielded so much from the past, regurgitated the old bureaucratic and corruption networks, bred a new cycle of crippling unemployment and condemned millions of Kenyans to abject poverty through unconscionable policies that have driven the cost of living well beyond the means of ordinary Kenyans. Indeed there is no adjective - at least not one that could be legitimately printed in these pages - that does justice to just how appalling this one year has been.

2. That the security situation in the country has oscillated from bad to worse under the watch of the jubilee government. Whereas CORD abhors terrorism in all its manifestations, we take exception with the brutal and inhumane manner in which the government is undertaking the security operation. Ethnic profiling of members of the Somali community is in itself an illegality in law and runs against well-established doctrines of international human rights law and conventions that Kenya is a party to. Similarly we decry the escalating insecurity across the country under the watch of our security forces. We demand for a well thought out security mechanism that will secure our homeland and international borders.

3. That the proposed digital registration of persons is another conduit to syphon public funds through dubious tendering process that have become so reminiscent of the jubilee administration. While the idea could be noble in the long run, we take exception with its timing and implementation mechanism. The Kshs.8 billion projected for this kind of project has not been factored in the budget neither has the senate and the national assembly been afforded an opportunity to deliberate on the matter. It is even telling, that IEBC, the very institution that tragically failed in utilizing technology despite expending billions of tax payers’ money is being proposed as the implementer of the process. We take this as an immoral reward of the commission for bungling the election

4. That we applaud the standard group for its in-depth investigative journalism in unearthing the folly and rot of the bungled march 4th 2013 elections. Indeed the expose has vindicated the long held position by the Coalition that the March 4th elections were bungled and as indicated in the Jicho Pevu expose, no candidate garnered the required constitutional threshold of 50% +1 yet IEBC manufactured a set of its own results and a winner. As nature would have it, the ghosts of the bungled elections still loom large, not even the belated public mechanizations’ by IEBC can wish them away. The truth will ultimately prevail.

5. It is now clear that the “Independent” Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) contrary to its name never exercised independence and impartiality during the March 2013 elections. It instead blatantly mortgaged its Independence to security and business interests hell-bent in seeing a jubilee government in power. The courage exhibited by Mohammed Ali and John Allan Namu is so strong that it even overwhelms impunity in all its manifestations. In furtherance of this;

  • CORD will in the pendency of the current session of parliament sponsor a bill in parliament which among other things will seek to devolve IEBC and fix other far reaching electoral reforms aimed at ensuring that, never ever again will Kenyans ever go into an election where their votes count for nothing.
  • CORD is also in the process of compiling a list of IEBC officers who served as returning officers in the last general elections; where it has been reported and there is evidence that form nos. 34 and 35 are missing, with the view to holding them individually responsible for losing those forms and thus taking them to court for Professional negligence among other crimes of omission and commission against the Kenyan people as envisaged under the Elections Act.
6. That CORD will continue to proactively check the government and secure public interest through the two chambers of parliament. We commit to strongly work together with other actors such the civil society and the media in protecting public interest and offering alternative policies to develop our country.

Hon Kalonzo Musyoka _______________________
Party Leader, WDMK

Hon Moses Wetangula ________________________
Party Leader FORD-K

Hon Sen Anyang Nyong’o _______________________
Ag. Party Leader ODM