Issuing a press statement on January 18, 2021, the Wiper Kenya Party leader refuted allegations made by Deputy President William Ruto on Friday, January 15, that he had grabbed a 200-acre piece of land belonging to the National Youth Service (NYS).
Kalonzo denounced the claims, welcoming the DCI and EACC to conduct an audit on him.
â€œI am today presenting myself for a thorough investigation by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations as well as the Anti-Corruption Commission. I want the matter settled once and for all,â€ Kalonzo stated.
He branded the allegations by the DP as mere propaganda, describing himself as a person of high moral and ethical standards. Kalonzo alleged that the move by DP Ruto was aimed at assassinating his character.
“The wild claims hold no water. The allegations are a cheap and desperate attempt at character assassination. I uphold the highest moral and ethical standards in all my affairs. I have nothing to hide and I today challenge the authorities to open an investigation into this matter,â€ Kalonzo remarked.
Kalonzo turned the guns at Ruto, accusing him of preaching divisiveness. He labelled the DP a disruptor of law and order, comparing him to the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.
“People of DP Ruto’s ilk must not be given a chance to wreak havoc through wolfishly deceitful manipulations. They must be stopped in their tracks,” Kalonzo declared.
He further highlighted that the DP has in the past made headlines over questionable acquisitions of property.
Kalonzo in his address challenged Ruto to allow the DCI and EACC to conduct a lifestyle audit on him.
â€œIn the same vein, I challenge DP Ruto, well known for his unbridled greed for both public and private land, to offer himself for investigations concerning various claims of corruption,” he challenged.
DP Ruto’s spokesperson, David Mugonyi who spoke to K24 in response to Kalonzo’s rhetoric, dismissed the sentiments, arguing that the former vice president was seeking political mileage.
He alleged that the statement by Kalonzo was intended to salvage support for Wiper Kenya’s candidate in the upcoming by-elections in Machakos.
â€œKalonzo does not have confidence in his candidate. In his panic, he has saddled himself with a ridiculous heap of bizarre allegations in pursuit of Deputy President William Ruto. He must desist from the cheap tactics of trying to salvage his political mojo by attacking the Deputy President,â€ Mugonyi was quoted as saying.
He further stated that an audit into Kalonzo’s lifestyle would be in the best interest of Kenyans.