Kalonzo: Come clean on shs 43 billion military aircraft deal

Kalonzo: Come clean on shs 43 billion military aircraft deal

Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka now wants the Jubilee government to come clean on the acquisition of Kshs 43 billion military aircraft pact with the United States.

Musyoka said all indications pointed that there were infighting and foul play among Kenyan officials and their US counterparts.

Addressing a press conference at Wilson airport before departing to Meru County, Kalonzo is said Jubilee administration is busy pushing for military deals instead of addressing the livelihoods of Kenyans.

“US aircraft deal must be probed, the government must come clean on the deal. We are following events in US Congress keenly,” Musyoka said.

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He said while military strength is most welcome, but it cannot come at the expense of the lives of the very people who should benefit from investment in the military.

“Jubilee must come clean on the 43 billion planes deal with the USA,” the wiper leader stated. “Our military must not be dumping ground for obsolete military planes from the USA,”

Kalonzo recalled that a few years ago, Kenya Navy received a fishing boat from Spain that was converted into a patrol ship, “Kenya is not a dumping ground,”

The opposition chief said there is no urgency to invest in weapons of war, instead, there is a greater urgency to invest in food security, the safety of Kenyans in their homes and a decent pay for our striking doctors and lecturers.

He said the country may be staring at another round of mega scandals a few months to August 8th elections.

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Kalonzo revelations come in the wake of US Congress demands that the deal to be halted, amid claims that it is highly inflated and fraudulent.

Last week, the congress revealed that Kenya can obtain the aeroplanes from another company at half the cost.

The Jubilee government wants to buy 12 converted agricultural aircraft to boost the KDF war against al Shabaab.

Five US congressmen last week wrote to Kenya’s ambassador to Washington Njeru Githae asking him to advise Nairobi to reconsider the lucrative deal.

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Already, the Defence and Foreign Relations Committee have indicated that they will visit the United States to probe the Sh43 billion military aircraft deal.

The committee chairman Ndung’u Githenji has cautioned against claims of any impropriety in the purchase, saying the procurement process is still ongoing.

“The committee will play its role in the public interest to make sure that Kenya gets value for the equipment. If it means visiting the America definitely we shall,” he said.

“It would be improper for anyone to impute impropriety motive on the process without evidence or facts and details of the arrangement,” he noted.

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