Raila defends Waluke, accuses Ruto’s government of judicial favoritism
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has criticized Ruto’s administration, claiming it is engaging in judicial favoritism by favoring its allies while smearing those of close to him.
Speaking at the funeral of Philomena Mutelwa, the mother of Kakamega governor Fernandes Barasa, Raila asserted that Sirisia MP John Waluke should be given bail and his case dismissed.
“The fact that Waluke demanded and received payment for their dues makes their case more of a civil one. He is now being sentenced to 67 years in prison rather than arguing that they should return the money because it was paid inadvertently,” Raila said.
Waluke presented himself to Milimani Law Courts on October 7, after the High Court dismissed his appeal against his conviction.
He is will serve 67 years behind bars or pay Ksh 1 billion fine for his involvement in a fraudulent case where more than Sh300 million was irregularly spent from NCPB.
Raila compared Waluke’s case to that of President Ruto’s cabinet secretaries, who have been approved by the National Assembly despite having active cases in court.
The former Prime Minister said the CSs had unresolved cases of murder and corruption and yet were allowed to work in public offices.
“The individuals who were accused of murder have since been pardoned and approved to serve as cabinet secretaries. Others have reported instances of corruption, but they now claim that these were only grumblings. However, they are harassing us,” Raila said.
Raila argued that every case should be decided fairly.