The head of Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential campaign, Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok, has rubbished reports alleging that the Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate is using public funds to finance his campaigns across the country.
His sentiments come after the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party purportedly penned a letter to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) questioning the source of DP Ruto’s campaign funds.
The letter was preceded by Azimio council Secretary General, MP Junet Mohamed, on Monday accusing DP Ruto of intentionally using Ksh.46 million in public resources on the campaign trail.
According to the Suna East MP, DP Ruto allegedly spent Ksh.23 million in the fiscal year 2022/23 on catering and refreshment services.
Speaking on Citizen TV’s NewsNight show on Tuesday, Nanok insisted that the Public Service Act binds all civil servants from misusing public resources while in office and that DP Ruto was not an exception.
According to Nanok, DP Ruto relies on donations from his party members and a handful of wealthy well-wishers to fund his presidential campaigns.
“I want to state that DP Ruto has not been using State resources. The Kenya Kwanza candidate has been supported by party members and well-wishers,” said Nanok.
Nanok went on to insinuate that Azimio only wrote to IEBC as retaliation because the Kenya Kwanza alliance had written a letter to the elections authority blaming the Raila Odinga-led outfit for violence that marred a political rally in Jacaranda grounds on Sunday.
The mayhem on Sunday culminated in police officers sealing off the venue after arguments between the Kenya Kwanza and Azimio political outfits erupted over a double booking of the premises.
The Turkana Governor went on to say that Kenya Kwanza was still awaiting an apology from Azimio over the same.
“I think they are raising those claims because of the violence at Jacaranda which they have not apologised on and it is still the area that we want the Azimio candidate to apologise because there has been violence against the Kenya Kwanza politicians and candidates but we have not gotten the apology,” he said.
Nanok correspondingly stated that efforts to have law enforcement agencies address the grievances have fallen on deaf ears despite Kenya Kwanza reportedly writing to President Uhuru Kenyatta himself.
“We have written a letter to IEBC putting forward our complaint over Jacaranda. We wrote a letter previously on what happened in Nyanza when DP Ruto toured the region a while back and we have also written a letter to President Kenyatta,” said Nanok.