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‘If freedom has c*me, let it c*me for everyone’ – Sifuna says after DPP withdrew cases against Ruto allies

Thursday, October 13th, 2022 14:48 | By
ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna
Nairobi senator Edwin Sifuna. PHOTO/Courtesy

Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna has maintained his sustained attacks on President William Ruto's administration.

Speaking at a morning TV show, Sifuna poked holes on the recently withdrawn graft cases against leaders allied to the Head of State.

This was after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Wednesday, October 12, withdrew a Ksh19 million graft case against Cabinet Secretary nominee Aisha Jumwa. He also withdrew a Ksh80 million graft case against former Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal.

Sifuna while weighing on the recent developments also took issue with Mukurwe-ini Member of Parliament (MP) John Kagucia's remarks that the new administration had created freedom for Kenyan citizens.

This was after Kagucia who was also speaking during the program stated that the Kenya Kwanza government had created freedom and delivered justice to all Kenyans.

"We can feel the freedom in the air. I know this government will not be engaging in witch-hunts anymore. Everyone is able to walk freely. Can you imagine the opposition is now on the campaign trail? They are now feeling the freedom and they are using it," he added.

Sifuna on the 'freedom'

In a subsequent rejoinder, the Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) Secretary-General affirmed that the 'freedom' only served Ruto's friends.

While dismissing Kagucia's claims, Sifuna queried why the same 'freedom' was not served to Sirisia MP John Waluke.

"Don't tell us that freedom has come. Freedom has come only to Ruto's friends. Yesterday, my brother from Bumula, Hon Wamboka queried why this freedom did not come for the likes of Sirisia MP John Waluke. If freedom has come, let it come for everyone," he stated.

Sifuna on Waluke's case

Waluke was slapped with a 67-year jail term after the High Court decided to set aside his conviction.

In her judgement, Justice Esther Maina of the Anti-Corruption, High Court Division in Nairobi said that the sentence imposed by the lower court on Waluke and business partner Grace Wakhungu were not excessive and dismissed the appeal for lack of merit.

"I find that the sentences were not excessive. They are within the law. Therefore the conviction and sentences are affirmed," the judge ruled.

Sirisia MP John Waluke in a court appearance when he, together with Grace Wakhungu, faced charges of defrauding the National Cereals and Produce Board of Sh297 million. He was convicted but appealed the ruling. PHOTO/File

The decision came after the MP and Wakhungu challenged a decision by a Magistrates court that convicted them of fraudulently acquiring Ksh313 million from the National Cereals Produce Board (NCPB) in 2014.

While upholding the conviction, the judge noted that the Director of Public Prosecution Nordin Haji proved the Ksh313 million corruption charges against Waluke beyond reasonable doubt.

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