In Kenya, any public official that court summons in relation to ongoing corruption crackdown is going to be removed from office immediately – President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned.
On Thursday Uhuru was speaking during the State of the Nation Address sending several officials of his government into panic mode.
The Kenyan president said in his protracted fight against endemic corruption, there won’t be no sacred cows, no compromise in the ongoing fight against corruption.
The tough talking Uhuru warned officials whose graft cases will get to court, that they will be removed from their respective positions.
“I undertake to act and remove from the government any individual who will have a case to answer before a court,” Uhuru said Thursday ordering the country’s judiciary to deal with graft cases as a matter of priority, to ensure justice is delivered.
Corruption is Kenya is being described as a big jigger that needs more effort to uproot beneath the country’s skin.
“If we are to deal effectively with the challenges standing in our way and, in particular, the fight against the corruption jigger. I count on all Kenyans in this struggle,” He said.
The Kenyan leader said he has been under pressure “…that who am I sacking,” he said, adding that, “I must, however, caution that the pursuit of the corrupt will be undertaken strictly within the remits of the law – and not through vigilante justice and pitchfork protest.”
However, opposition leader Raila Odinga noted that the Uhuru needed to “move with speed and ensure that the people who are continuing to loot the wealth of this country, face the law. The sooner, the better.”
“The frustration with the people of Kenya is the time that is taken to investigate. There must be an end for investigations and prosecution,” he said.