Opposition leader Raila Odinga has backed the lifestyle audit on all public servants as ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta last week, saying the move is “good for the country”.
He said his days as a whistle- blower are over because he has now partnered with the President and the government in the fight against corruption, adding that as part of the process he is ready to undergo a lifestyle audit.
“I am ready for the audit. We are no longer whistleblowers. We will work with the government in the war against corruption,” he said.
The former premier, however, asked the government to hire international firms to undertake the exercise to ensure credible and independent audits.
He cast doubt on ability of government agencies to undertake credible and independent audits saying they are likely to be compromised. “There is still a challenge with our institutions mandated with fighting graft, that is why we urge the State to seek help from international firms,” he said.
The former premier, who was addressing the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) National Executive Council and the Parliamentary Group, asked party members to support the audit because it is good for Kenya.
“We remain in the Opposition but we take the position that what is good for Kenya is good for ODM. A lifestyle audit is good for Kenya. We are in it fully,” he said.
Raila said graft in the country was on the rise and it must be nipped in the bud. “Corruption is on the rise, the figures are mind-boggling, suspects are high and mighty, we must join hands in stopping the wanton looting,” he added.
Raila dismissed as “imaginary” claims of a crisis in ODM saying the party remains strong and intact despite recent attempts to raid its turf by Deputy President William Ruto. The party in a resolution led by secretary general Edwin Sifuna said it supports the Building Bridges initiative, which is aimed at reconciling Kenyans and fostering unity.