An MP has threatened to initiate impeachment proceedings against Deputy President William Ruto over corruption claims made against him.
Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma asked Mr Ruto to voluntarily step aside to allow investigations into claims that he interfered with the award of a tender for the upgrade of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.
A whistle-blower, Herbert Ojwang, last week tabled a report and audio clips before the Public Investment Committee claiming that the cost of the hospital upgrade had been inflated from the original Sh17 billion to Sh28 billion.
Mr Ojwang said the public stands to lose Sh11 billion in the proposed development of a new referral hospital on a 200-acre prisons land in Eldoret. He told the committee chaired by Eldas MP Adan Keynan that the designs for the new hospital will be the same as that of upgrading the existing referral facility.
Mr Ojwang said Ruto pushed him out of a lucrative deal with Chinese firms- China Wu Yi and China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC)-for the upgrading of the hospital.
The Nairobi-based businessman said Mr Ruto, through his aide Caleb Kositany, exerted immense pressure for him to drop his dealing with the Chinese firms and the hospital and instead hand it over to Mr Kositany.
Mr Ojwang also sucked in Kericho Senator Charles Keter whom he said had agreed to help him stay on the project but on condition that he parts with 50 per cent of his commission. He was to get five per cent (Sh850 million) of the total project money as commission for securing the business to the Chinese.
“I therefore call upon the deputy president William Ruto to uphold the Constitution and resign from office to allow for free and proper investigations and prosecution of all scandals with which he is associated,” Kaluma said.
The Homa Bay MP said time has come for the country to bite the bullet in the fight against corruption.
“On behalf of the people of this country, I will be bringing a petition under Article 95(5) as read together with Article 10 and Chapter Six of the Constitution to Parliament to have the House review the conduct of Deputy President Ruto and resolve on his removal from office if he does not comply and leave office on his own volition,” he said.
“I am giving the DP notice that if he doesn’t step aside, I will be bringing petition before House as my first business when the House reconvenes from recess,” said Mr Kaluma.
The House is currently on a month-long recess and the earliest Mr Kaluma’s petition can be filed is the first week of June.