Siaya Senator James Orengo has challenged the government to take the war against corruption a notch higher and ensure that prominent culprits perpetrating the vice are jailed.
Mr. Orengo lamented that though the war against corruption has gained momentum, there were still some untouchable individuals.
He was speaking in Gem and Ugenya constituencies when he attended the burials of the late Joshua Asuna Marenya and Moses Omondi Oluoch respectively.
Speaking at Ramunde village in East Ugenya location during the burial of his uncle, the late Moses Omondi Oluoch, Mr.Orengo who was flanked by legislators Elisha Odhiambo (Gem) and Christopher Karan (Ugenya) said the war against corruption should not be targeting the petty individuals alone but the mighty must equally face the law.
“The problem with this country is that we do not punish impunity,” he said and challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta to emulate Asian countries such as South Korea, Philippines and others who have hauled even former presidents to jail for engaging in corruption.
He said in a system where there is fairness and justice, there is no high or low hence the need for the war against corruption to be taken a notch higher so that in future, anybody who becomes the president of the country would know that if they do not do the right thing, they will end up in jail.
“In Philippines, there are three former presidents who are in jail over corruption,” said Orengo.
On reports that the opposition was dead after the former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s handshake, Orengo and the legislators maintained that the opposition was still strong and that ODM will continue performing its duty of keeping the government in check.
Orengo said that ODM had only changed tact and wanted Kenyans to soberly think of how to improve on the laws that impede democracy and governance.
He urged Kenyans to be ready for a referendum next year so as to amend a few laws that were a hindrance to the achievement of full democracy.
By Philip Onyango