Tough action will be taken against those found to have participated in corruption that saw Kenyans lose billions of shillings in the National Youth Service (NYS) and National Cereals and Produce Board scandals, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
Ruto said public servants have a duty to protect resources entrusted to them. “Those identified to have participated in the loss of billions of shillings in these scandals will be punished. No one should be spared,” he said.
Speaking in Kisii County Friday during a graduation ceremony at St Paul’s Teachers Training College Nyabururu, Ruto urged the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to move fast and bring the suspects to book. “Stiff penalties must be meted out to stop such acts. We cannot be losing money to corrupt individuals at the expense of the development,” he said
In particular, Ruto asked the Ministry of Agriculture to explain how money meant for farmers ended up in the hands of brokers and businessmen. “How can one supply more than 200,000 bags to the National Cereals and Produce Board yet he or she has no land? Such a question needs an honest answer,” he said. – DPPS