If Muhoho Kenyatta is found to have imported contraband sugar, he should be investigated and prosecuted, President Kenyatta, his elder brother, has said.
Addressing the 2018 American Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit at UN in Gigiri, Nairobi, Mr Kenyatta on Thursday said he has full confidence in government agencies involved in the fight against corruption.
“People are out there bundling my brother yesterday… I have no problem. If he is guilty let him be dealt with, what’s the problem?” the President said.
“We must develop trust in our institutions, that they will protect the innocent and prosecute the guilty.”
On Tuesday, Aldai MP Cornelius Serem claimed Muhoho’s company, Protech Investment Limited, had imported about 180,000 metric tonnes of brown sugar into the country.
Mr Serem, angered by the failure of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to show up for grilling over the dirty sugar imports, also alleged a plot to shield the younger Kenyatta from investigations.
Some of Deputy President William Ruto’s allies are suspicious of the war on corruption and see it as part of a political battle targeting him and his chances of succeeding the President.
However, President Kenyatta warned politicians politicising the fight against graft in government, saying every leader should carry their own cross.
“I ask all of you, please leave politics out of this game and let’s do that which is necessary for our country,” he said.
Already, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has come to the defence of the younger Mr Kenyatta and turned the heat on Mr Serem.
On Wednesday, he vowed to file a protest with the Powers and Privileges Committee.
“You cannot be allowed to go and sit in Parliament and in a crude way, using a village approach, and decide that you want to malign the names of others and get off scot-free,” Mr Kiunjuri told journalists at a press conference at Kilimo House.