Sack your deputy, Unionists tell President

Civil servants union has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to sack high ranking officials in his government who have been linked to corruption.

And in an apparently reference to Deputy President William Ruto, the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) led by outspoken unionist Wilson Sossion said the president has to sack ‘the man hiding behind his back’ if he has to win the war against graft.

Sossion further argued that President Kenyatta cannot win the fight against corruption with his going round the country exchanging publicly with those facing graft cases.

The union now wants Mr Kenyatta to clean his cabinet without mercy and have persons of integrity to help him run the government.

During the weekend, Deputy President William Ruto and former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru exchanged bitter words over the Sh791 million National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.

Mr Ruto told off Ms Waiguru to take responsibility for the scandal as she was the one in charge of the NYS project when the millions of shillings were stolen.

However, Waiguru hit back saying that the DPs accusations and defence were a enough telling of his involvement in the scam.

“We are asking the president to deal ruthlessly with those involved in graft especially the one behind his back. He cannot win the battle with such people around him. They must be shed off,” Mr Sossion told a press conference in Nairobi today.

He added: “President Kenyatta should address the nation immediately and after every three months thereafter on the progress of the war on graft as this evil is more than any other malady that has inflicted a lot of pain on all of us.”

He warned of a month long industrial action if the president does not take action and have all the accused behind bars.

“If this evil is not brought to an end, we will pull out all workers in the Public Sector from their offices and places of work to protest for one month to realise the end of this menace,” Mr Sossion who was accampanie by TUC Secretary general Tom Odege said.

The union is also demanding that the Parliamentary Accounts Committee findings in investigations about corruption be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to prefer prosecution against the lords of graft.

As up to now, only a few reports have been fronted to Keriako Tobiko for prosecutions.

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