Deputy President William Ruto has told the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank that Kenya loses over Sh 100 billion a year due to ‘budgeted corruption’ run by opaque institutions.
Ruto, who spoke on Thursday, told Americans that the war on corruption in Kenya is subjective and merely a political tool targeting the President’s opponents to choreograph the next dispensation.
The second in command said the country has serious accountability challenges and vowed to ruthlessly fight graft if he wins the Presidency in August.
“The other issue is budgeted corruption.”
“Today you have close to Sh100 billion budgeted every year that has no oversight in opaque institutions,” Ruto said.
“That amount has grown between four and fivefold in the last ten years,” Ruto added.
Ruto began his tour of the United States on Sunday and was accompanied by Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader, Musalia Mudavadi, and a delegation of 30 Kenyans including MPs and aides.