Senior Kenyan ministers quit

September 30th, 2019

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President Mwai Kibaki said accepted the resignations of Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi and Education Minister George Saitoti.


The resignations come after another cabinet minister quit this month over two alleged schemes to milk state coffers of hundreds of millions of dollars, after Finance Minister David Mwiraria stood down on February 1.

“I have today accepted the request by (Saitoti) to step aside from his responsibilities … to pave the way for investigations into the issues raised in the Report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Goldenberg affair,” he said.

“I have further accepted the request by (Murungi) to step aside from his responsibilities … in order to allow full investigations into allegations made against him in regard to the Anglo Leasing affair,” he said.

“I urge all Kenyans to exercise patience as the relevant arms of the law carry out investigations into these issues,” he said.

Mr Murungi is alleged to have been involved in trying to block an inquiry, and was allegedly recorded asking Kenya’s former top anti-corruption investigator to slow down a corruption inquiry that became known as the Anglo Leasing scandal.

John Githongo resigned his post and fled to Britain around a year ago, citing death threats.

In January he implicated several top officials, including Mr Murungi and current vice president Moody Awori in Anglo Leasing.

An inquiry into an alleged US$600 million under the previous government called for Mr Saitoti to be investigated.

Vice President Awori has thus far refused to step down over Anglo Leasing, which involved the payment of more than $200m to fake firms.

As public anger mounted over Githongo’s revelations, the government last week released long-awaited report from an inquiry panel in the Goldenberg scandal in the 1990s.

The so-called Goldenberg affair involved huge sums of public money in a bogus gold and diamond export operation

While the scam predates the existing administration, the report implicated Me Saitoti who served as finance minister under the former president.

Mr Kibaki was elected in 2002 on an anti-corruption platform, and has faced criticism for failing to crack down on rampant graft within the government.

His personal assistant, Alfred Gitonga, has also been implicated in the Anglo Leasing scandal, and his contract has not been renewed, according to officials.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), a coalition of parties opposed to Mr Kibaki, has welcomed the resignations and pressed for prosecutions.

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