In Summary
  • In the list with a sample of 415 people, suspects from President Kenyatta’s and Kenya’s most populous Kikuyu tribe were the majority at 141.

  • The number of men and women fighting corruption cases from ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Luo tribe come second with 56 while Mr Ruto’s Kalenjin tribe is third with 46.

In an unprecedented move, Kenya’s chief public prosecutor has come out to confront politicians accusing him of targeting certain tribes and communities in his anti-corruption purge.

For the first time in Kenya’s history, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji on Wednesday profiled Kenya’s corruption scourge by tribe.

415 CASES

He sought to poke holes in and discount accusations by leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto that he is targeting Kalenjin politicians and senior government officials in the cases he has filed in court.

Mr Haji made public the list of shame he compiled since he assumed office in April 2018 when he appeared on Citizen TV.

In the list with a sample of 415 people, suspects from President Kenyatta’s and Kenya’s most populous Kikuyu tribe were the majority at 141.

The number of men and women fighting corruption cases from ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Luo tribe come second with 56 while Mr Ruto’s Kalenjin tribe is third with 46.

Both Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga, in their newfound 'brotherly love', camaraderie and handshake, have been urging the DPP to go for all thieves of public resources irrespective of their tribe or political affiliation.

Other tribes taking dishonourable top positions in the list that is likely to send tongues wagging and touch off a new wave of political firestorm are Kisii, Mijikenda/Swahili, Kamba and Luhyas with 37, 34, 31 and 29, respectively.

The number of corruption suspects and indictees from the Somali, Indian and Embu tribe is 16, 15 and five, respectively.

RUTO ALLIES

The tribes with the lowest number of persons implicated in rent-seeking and theft of taxpayers' money are Turkanas and Maasais, at three and two, while Samburu has only one accused man.

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