The recent revelations on the war against graft could be a political strategy aimed at bringing down Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 ambitions, renown economist David Ndii has said.
Speaking in the political show, Point Blank on Wednesday night, Ndii said corruption has been weaponised to target certain individuals.
“Fighting corruption has been weaponised for politics, it’s wrong to do so and it’s counterproductive,” Ndii said.
He likened the war on corruption to the biblical casting of demons by Jesus into pigs before they were drowned.
According to Ndii, DP Ruto is being used as a sacrificial lamb to cleanse the corrupt system.
“What we are seeing is an effort to take the demon of corruption and put it in one person and through him over the cliff,” he said.
The controversial economist, however, said being targeted didn’t mean that DP Ruto was clean either.
“Ruto and his people are the pigs. I’m not saying that Ruto and his people have not done what they are accused of. They have done that and more,” he said.
Ndii who worked as a strategist for opposition coalition NASA led by Raila Odinga in the 2017 General Election, said the battle at hand was fighting DP Ruto.
He went ahead to give a narrative of his friend, who happens to be a close associate of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was questioned by his mother over cheating DP Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions.
“A very close associate of Uhuru told me that his mother asked him why they cheated Ruto (amassing support for DP) and he had no answer,” he said.
He reiterated that Jubilee was bound to fail before 2022 General Elections.
“Jubilee was a house of convenience to fight the International Criminal Court (ICC), and since the ICC case is no longer there, there is nothing to hold them together anymore,” the economist said.
On dynasties being against the DP’s presidential ambitions, Ndii said the group had fears that if Ruto became president he will revenge against the establishments that have influenced the country’s politics since independence.
“They will destroy him if he runs and loses. They will bankrupt him and send him to jail. The dynasties are also scared that Ruto will destroy them if he wins,” he said.
Ndii’s comments come amid heated debate on Ruto’s remarks on the recently ‘unearthed’ 21 billion dams scandal.
The DP said the money under investigation was about Ksh7 billion and that no money would be lost since Procurement and Construction plus Financing (EPC+F ) comes with a protected bank or insurance guarantee.
Last week, a section of legislators allied to the opposition coalition NASA led by Homabay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga , asked the DP to declare his interest in the ongoing war against graft.
According to the legislators, Dr Ruto has taken over the role of spokesman for the alleged saga including talking on behalf of the ministries involved.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga also bashed Dr Ruto over his remarks on the Arror, Kimwarer dams scandal.
The opposition leader stated that nobody is above the law in the fight against graft.
“Nobody is above the law. If somebody is stealing money, do not go and shout there that ooh Ksh7 billion is nothing,” he said.
Raila added, “Sh7b is not pocket change! Sio pesa ya kununua mandazi halafu wanaenda pande hii wanasema ooh sisi ni wakulima.. akitoka pale ooh mimi ni mfugaji.. yeye nikama popo.”