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DP Ruto Takes Aim At ODM Over COVID-19 Funds

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Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday August 23 criticised the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) for ‘turning into Lords of corruption’ and defending the alleged heist in the COVID-19 supplies scandal.

The Deputy President revealed ODM’s interest in the Handshake was to loot.

“The pretentious opposition, now turned Lords of corruption, attempted defence of the COVID-19 grand larceny is NOT shocking. It confirms the worst of Kenyan’s fears that their side of handshake was never interested in the people’s good but opportunity to loot. What a shame,” wrote the DP on his Twitter on Sunday.

Deputy President William Ruto during a past address. Source: Daily Nation

The DP’s sentiments comes a day after the Orange Democratic Party(ODM) defended the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority(KEMSA) in the alleged multi-billion-shillings scandal.

On Saturday August 22, ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna clarified that the exposure by the media against Kemsa was ‘baseless’ and ‘sensational’.

“We ask the media houses and other news agencies exercise responsibility in their coverage endangering ordinary Kenyans and not just the leaders,” told Sifuna.

The ODM party also faulted the probe by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations saying the investigation was a wonder as there was no ‘audit’ by the Auditor General.

“We gather that the DCI has been called into KEMSA to investigate these matters. We however wonder how this can be so, before a credible audit by the Auditor General is carried out to ascertain the veracity of these claims,” read the ODM statement.

ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna. Source: Nairobi News

Over the last week the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) has been at the heart of one of the biggest controversies to rock the country.

An investigative feature by NTV’s Dennis Okari highlighted alleged backroom dealings that led to the looting of COVID-19 donations.

Kenyans took to the street on August 21, in protest over the KEMSA exposé and demanded for the national government to take stern action.

As a result, two international donors namely USAID and Global Fund issued statements warning that they would withdraw funding following graft claims.

Global Fund on its part stated that it would look into donating medical supplies as opposed to actual funds.

KEMSA factories and offices in Nairobi. Source: KEMSA

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