Orange Democratic Movement party through its party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna has rubbed a section of Kenyans the wrong way after it defended Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) over corruption allegations.
Sifuna in his statement pointed fingers at the media for sensational reporting of corruption allegations without following due process, arguing that it was painting a bad image to the international community.
The ODM party also took issue with the Deputy President William Ruto, accusing him of being the weak link in the fight against corruption in the country.
Edwin Sifuna dared Ruto to tore the line and help Uhuru fight corruption or resign.
Now a section of Kenyans have taken issue ODM, wondering how tides had quickly changed for the party famous for criticizing and condemning corruption.
Reacting to the statement, Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen wondered how ODM could defend the massive corruption allegations against KEMSA.
Taking to his twitter account, Murkomen wrote: “I understand why the delinquent ODM SG is ferociously defending the leeches who have sucked resources from desperate COVID19 victims at KEMSA.First, ODM think they are more government than Jubilee. Secondly, Four (4) senior ODM members are the said ghost “suppliers”. Bure Kabisa”
A visibly annoyed former Mukurweini Mp Kabando Wa Kabando had a piece of advice for Raila Odinga, telling him to ‘disown the criminals’ surrounding him.
Kabando tweeted: “Dear my friend Rt.Hon. Raila Odinga, please disown the criminals around you. As elder statesman, you owe us leadership beyond reproach, Sir. Let the crooks carry their cross! Retract also your “clean bill of health” on NYS.”
Others accused ODM of taking advantage of the situation to attack their favorite punching bag, DP William Ruto over his recent position on his name not appearing on the list those mention in the KEMSA corruption allegations.
Political Scientist and Television pundit Edward Kisiang’ani wrote: “It is rather surprising that instead of attacking those who have looted Covid 19 funds, the ODM party leadership has instead directed its anger on its favourite target- DP Ruto. This is a tragic diversion of focus away from the real looters in our health sector.”
Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) tweeted: ODM SG Edwin Sifuna falls short of endorsing the runaway graft at KEMSA and ironically lashes out at DP Dr Ruto for ostensibly celebrating that he will be a no-mention in this mega scam. ODM was voted as opposition party. It is embarrassing to be apologist for graft.
Another twitter by the name Edwin Kemboi wrote: “So Edwin Sifuna is daring Dp Ruto to loot with them or resign. Sifuna represents Raila. Someone said 4 top officials in ODM were involved in looting Covid-19 funds. That is what handshake is meant for.”looting together” We go the Mali way!”
Bravin Yuri on the other hand said: “That Statement from ODM concerning the Covid19 Funds Scandal is the biggest Joke I’ve ever seen in this country. This is a statement Directed towards DP Ruto & not written in the Interest of Kenyans. In fact, the heading should be “A statement requesting Dp Ruto’s resignation”.