David Ndii: Why Ruto Will Not Prioritise Fighting Corruption

  • A file image of economist David Ndii during an interview
    A file image of economist David Ndii during an interview
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  • Economist David Ndii on Wednesday, December 5, revealed that the United Democratic Alliance(UDA) will not prioritize combating graft if Deputy President William Ruto assumes power. 

    Ndii argued that the Ruto-linked party will prioritize reviving the economy and other agendas rather than championing anti-graft policies. He added that corruption was a vice that was deeply entrenched in Kenyan society and would require more effort and measures to curb it. 

    He urged the nation to accept the current state of affairs and shift focus to more urgent matters. 

    Deputy President Willaim Ruto in Mathira, Nyeri County on Saturday, December 4, 2021.
    Deputy President Willaim Ruto in Mathira, Nyeri County on Saturday, December 4, 2021.
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    "There is no hypocrisy in UDA. UDA is the face of Kenya and that is why it is the most popular party in the country. Kenya is as corrupt as sin. The first step towards recovery from addiction is acceptance," Ndii stated while engaging his followers on his social media pages. 

    "The Bottom-Up economic model is for decriminalizing all livelihoods. No Kenyan should be punished twice, by the marginalization and exclusion from capitalism cartel economy and criminalization of survival," he justified his case.

    In his defense, he elaborated that the party's position in combating corruption is agitating for the independence of oversight bodies such as the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission(EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI).  

    The economist continued to assert that UDA is unapologetic for not being a party that attracts anti-corruption activists.

    "UDA is not the place to look for anti-corruption champions. Why do so many people seem unable to deal with so obvious a truth?" he wondered.

    DP William Ruto and Garissa Town MP Aden Duale in Busia on Saturday, October 23, 2021.
    DP William Ruto and Garissa Town MP Aden Duale in Busia on Saturday, October 23, 2021.
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    Ndii argued that Kenyans were free to follow other presidential hopefuls like ODM leader Raila Odinga who was vocal on matters of graft. Raila, in a past address, promised to take action on all those accused of graft who would be found guilty of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. 

    "If you believe that Raila will eradicate corruption support him. If you think Kenya needs fresh clean leadership support (musician) Reuben Kigame," Ndii stated in a thinly veiled attack on Raila. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta has constantly reiterated that he would not leave the country in the hands of plunderers. Uhuru lamented that the country loses nearly Ksh2 billion daily, and cautioned that his government would narrow down on those graft suspects. 

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