City lawyer Danstan Omari, on Monday, warned that President William Ruto’s legacy will be marred by a high rate of corruption lest he fixes every loophole used to steal taxpayer’s money.
During a media interview, Omari claimed that Ruto was better than the late President Mwai Kibaki regarding leadership, reviving and growing the country’s economy. However, he was allegedly surrounded by politicians out to satisfy their selfish gains.
“If indeed the president wants to compare himself to the late Kibaki, I’ll tell everybody for free the president is far much better than Kibaki,” he stated but did not cite any data or statistics to back his claim.
Nonetheless, he warned that government employees were embezzling revenue collected through the increased taxes.
A photo of city lawyer Danstan Omari during a press conference outside Milimani Law Courts on February 23, 2023.
Omari called upon Ruto to flush out all the culprits to guarantee Kenyans value for the increased taxes in the country. He also emphasised that if Ruto put in place better structures, he would outdo his predecessors.
“No coin is not being stolen under the watch of President William Ruto. This is the contradiction. We are being overtaxed but this money is going into a hole,” Omari complained.
He also called for the immediate arrest of the thieves hiding in the government, arguing that they have outnumbered officials collecting taxes. He reiterated that the funds the president has received from global investors in loans and aid are substantial and may be mismanaged if not protected.
To avert the vice, Omari cautioned investigative agencies such as the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) from initiating reactive measures, urging them and curb the menace at its root instead.
“The amount of money being pumped in from the diaspora is massive. The only problem is that money is not being put into the consolidated fund. It is going into people’s pockets,” he stated.
He referenced multi-billion scandals that have rocked the country plunging the country’s economy down further.
Earlier, Ruto vowed to safeguard the money collected from Kenyans by holding all those stealing public money accountable. In November, Ruto through his Chief of Staff, Felix Koskei, suspended several government officials and police accused of corruption.
His economic adviser, David Ndii, later added the head of state was facing stiff opposition from MPs he barred from accessing tenders illegally.
A photo of the EACC headquarters, at Integrity House in Nairobi.