Gold Scam Takes Political Twist as Ruto Indirectly Hits Raila, Tells Him not to “Import Conning” to Jubilee

    Deputy President William Ruto has claimed that Opposition handshake political brokers are behind the recent fake gold scam that has hit headlines in the past one week.

    Ruto challenged opposition leaders to shed light on claims that they tried to intercede in the matter by reaching out to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    He was referring to a leaked tape purportedly having Mr Wetang’ula telling the alleged con victim from Dubai that he would contact the President and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

    While he warned against dragging Uhuru’s name in the debacle, he launched a thin-veiled attack against Raila Odinga who through the handshake has been seen as ‘part of government’ saying:

    “I tell our brothers in the opposition not to import their bad habits to Jubilee; they should shun engaging in dirty deals, corruption and conning others,” he said.

    Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu who accompanied Ruto also questioned the integrity of the opposition Chief claiming he cannot afford to lecture some leaders on corruption “while he was busy swindling others of their money”.

    Other leaders roped in Interior CS Fred Matiang’i saying he should also explain how the country’s security was protecting the premises with fake gold.

    According to Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, the Interior CS to step aside over the scandal.

    “How can you use General  Service Unit to safeguard the home of those involved in the criminal activity?” she posed adding that the Parliamentary Security Committee would summon him to explain to the country the extend of his involvement in the fake gold scandal.

    Ruto reiterated his sentiments yesterday in Muanda, Bumula Constituency where he said  those behind the scam that is likely to put the country in a diplomatic showdown with the United Arab Emirate’s royal family, were well-known people that had been in politics.

    “These people are well-known and have evolved. They are now conning business people in the name of selling gold, which has turned out to be fake,” he said.

    Raila Odinga and Moses Wetangula./COURTESY

    Ruto said Opposition leaders were quick to criticize other leaders on matters corruption, yet they were perpetrators of more serious vices.

    “The Opposition accused Jubilee of stealing the Eurobond, which was false. They said we’ve sold Mombasa Port, which was false. Now they are selling fake gold. Kenyans now know who the con men are,” he said, adding that the Opposition-connected “political con men” had expanded their tentacles to international boundaries by claiming to conduct legitimate businesses.

    “Some leaders should stop pretending they are clean yet they are part of dubious deals, as in the case of the fake gold,” he added.

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