Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has called for the arrest of Deputy President William Ruto over the Ksh 39.5 billion military tender scandal.
He was speaking on Saturday at the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally in Narok County. Atwoli also requested the president to take up the sword he was given during the handing over of presidential power in 2013 and lead the country accordingly.
Tunataka Uhuru Kenyatta atoe ile panga alipewa atuongoze na atulinde nayo….William Ruto awekwe ndani na tuko tayari mimi kama kiongozi wa wafanyikazi milioni nne tutalinda serikaliFrancis Atwoli
The scandal, which was alleged to be executed at the DP’s office at Harambee House Annex, sees Former Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa as the mastermind.
Echesa was charged alongside Daniel Otieno, Clifford Okoth, and Kennedy Oyoo with conspiring to obtain money by false pretence, attempting to commit a felony and uttering a false document.
The suspects denied all the charges. Lawyers who represented Echesa claimed that his case was politically motivated. The prosecution, however, said that the accusations of political persecution had to be put on record for the State to respond.
Rashid and the other suspects were granted Ksh 1 Million cash bail by Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot.
A police officer who was on duty when ex-sports minister Rashid Echesa made to Ruto’s office, Kipyegon Kenei, was found dead inside his house at Imara Daima, Nairobi.
A police report indicated he went missing on Tuesday, February 18, before he could report a statement over the Ksh 39.5 billion military tender scam allegedly executed at the office of the DP.
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