In Summary
  • President warned that he did not have friends in the war on corruption and that his only allies were the ordinary Kenyans.
  • He said the culture of unbridled corruption will end, I will continue pursuing the corrupt. I have been telling them that I am not seeking votes anymore, they have to return public money.
  • He urged political leaders to be careful when making public pronouncements as some remarks may burn the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday declared that the war on corruption is informed by the fact he will not be seeking votes from Kenyans after his current term.

The President said his loyalty is to the people of Kenya and not a few individuals.

He further vowed to ensure that those who had squandered money from public coffers would be dealt with in line with the law, saying the culprits will be forced to “vomit the money”.

RESOLVE

Speaking at Githambia Primary School in Gatanga Constituency, Murang’a County, during the funeral ceremony of the late Benga maestro, John Mwangi Nganga, alias John DeMathew, the President warned that he did not have friends in the war on corruption and that his only allies were the ordinary Kenyans.

The Head of State chose to speak in Kikuyu, perhaps to drive the point home on his resolve to fight corruption.

Gutiri mundu ugucoka kuria indu cia mundu bure, mikora nie nguteng’erania nayo, nie ndiramera gutiri kura ndiraceria … indo cia andu nimugucokia … hau ndiri na murata, murata ni kirindi gia Kenya (The culture of unbridled corruption will end, I will continue pursuing the corrupt. I have been telling them that I am not seeking votes anymore, they have to return public money. I don’t have a friend when it comes to fighting corruption. My friends are the people of Kenya,” he said.

He urged political leaders to be careful when making public pronouncements as some remarks may burn the country.

“I seek to urge leaders to be very careful when making some remarks as they can cause trouble in our country and return to haunt them in future,” he said.

The President also ordered the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the Music Copyright Society of Kenya officials over corruption claims. He said a report, which will be made public, would help determine whether there are officials who had been enriching themselves at the expense of musicians.

“The Music Copyright Society of Kenya can’t purport to collect Sh230 million and then claim to have used 60 per cent in the exercise,” said Mr Kenyatta.

ROYALTIES

The President also ordered for the relocation of the music copyright office from the Attorney General’s office to the Information Communication and Technology docket.

He said the department is in better hands at the Ministry of ICT, which is able to track broadcasters and ensure that musicians earn what they deserve.

“The Attorney General’s office can’t help the artistes, they are lawyers, the ICT is better-placed to track the music in conjunction with the Communications Authority of Kenya,” said the President.

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