CS Matiang’i Raises Alarm Over Too Many ‘Wash Wash’ Suspects Seeking Elective Seats

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has raised concern over the alleged mushrooming of persons facing economic crime charges in the long list of aspirants eyeing elective seats in Parliament and county assemblies.

CS Matiang’i made the sentiments following alleged intelligence reports that estimated that close to 40 per cent of the suspected criminals and their accomplices would successfully be part of the next government once the August polls are set and done.

“If we are not careful as Kenyans, by the time we are done with this electoral cycle, we would’ve laundered criminals into our elective institutions– even up to about 40 per cent,” he said when he met bishops and senior clergy of the Anglican Church in Nairobi on Tuesday.

“These include money launderers, “wash wash” players, drug dealers and others because they’re the only ones who can access that amount of money.”

Once these rogue elements ingrain themselves into the government, the CS warned, the country will likely take a step back in its ongoing war against corruption, noting that the said persons will likely back laws that favour the thriving of criminal entities.

Matiang’i went on to fault the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for its alleged failure to tighten up regulations on conducting political campaigns by aspirants, noting that this was a serious threat to securing the General Election.

The CS also chimed in on the perennial insecurity cases facing Marsabit County, promising that the government will carry out a forceful security operation to secure the region.

He blamed the county’s leadership for being dishonest and failing to address cases of insecurity in the region even after being given a 30-day ultimatum to do so, which he says expired weeks ago.

“It actually reminds you of the situation of Rwanda, the attitude that you hear between communities. It is totally senseless and as you say none of those people is innocent. We are left with only one option for Marsabit and we will exercise that option,” he said.

He likewise warned the county’s leadership not to interfere with the government’s plan to bring back peace in the troubled area.

“No one should blame the government because we are going to do what we must do to secure that place and the population of our people and it is not going to be fun,” said the CS. 

He similarly urged the church leaders to sensitize their followers on the importance of electing trustworthy leaders during the polls.

On his part, ICT CS Joe Mucheru who also spoke at the event, noted that his ministry was working in tandem with the elections authority to ensure that all polling stations were connected with reliable 3G networks which will be used in transmitting election results to the national tallying centre.

CS Mucheru also dismissed rumours that the government was planning to tamper with the presidential election results.

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