For some time now, tanga tanga leaders, headed by the deputy president himself, William Ruto, have been claiming that investigative agencies such as the DCI, the EACC, the NCIC and even the office of the DPP are acting politically.
While this has been opposed by the agencies themselves, and even once, the president himself seeming to take their side against his deputy, and reaffirming his confidence in these bodies, the latest statement from EACC is set to further worsen the situation.
The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission has set eyebrows raised because of the entire political connotations with which the statement was laden.
For a while now, the DP has strongly pushed a narrative that has sought to put emphasis on the low-income earners in Kenya, focusing on poverty, which is compounded by inequality, as the biggest problem facing the country.
This idea has gained massive following across the country, with adherents of the ideology christening themselves as Hustlers, and the push itself as Hustler movement.
However, while speaking on Monday during the opening of a week long workshop organised by the National Integrity Academy for senior officials of the armed forces in Lake Naivasha Resort, the body’s chairman, Eliud Wabukala, quoted some figures which seemed to directly contradict what the DP has been saying all along.
Referring to a survey conducted by the commission, Wabukala indicated that corruption was actually the biggest challenge the country faced at 49.4 percent. It is followed by unemployment which had a percentage of 36.8, while the issue of poverty came in at a distance third with 27.2 percent.
The DP has also been on record as once having controversially downplayed the impact of corruption on the country, saying that is wasn’t such a huge problem that could hinder one from becoming president.
While this statement from the EACC is likely to attract a reaction from the DP’s camp, it is worth noting that DP Ruto has in the past, cast doubt on the professionalism of the agency.