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Kenyan PM defends minister

africa_nile Prime Minister Raila Odinga now says it is unfortunate that the war on graft has been turned personal and is targeting cabinet ministers.

Raila on Saturday publicly defended water minister Charity Ngilu against corruption allegations in her ministry at Kitui Municipal Stadium. Ngilu who recently appeared before the parliamentary committee on equal opportunities is accused of favouring her Ukambani region in allocation of water resources.

In the past few weeks, a cabinet minister has been suspended, another one has stepped aside and the mayor of the country's capital, Nairobi has resigned after being implicated in graft.

However this just seems to have whet the appetite of crusaders who are baying for more resignations among the cabinet, MPs and other public officials.

The two principles have been at pains to reiterate their commitment to the fight against corruption within the government's rank and file.

The Kenya Anti Corruption Commission under new boss Patrick Lumumba has also put cabinet ministers and government officials on notice saying they should be ready to carry their own crosses should they be implicated in graft.

And it seems focus has now shifted to the water ministry where Ngilu has been grilled by a parliamentary committee over digging of boreholes to alleviate acute water shortage in arid and semi arid lands amid claims that the efforts seem to have centred in the lower eastern region where she hails from.

Public works assistant minister Mwangi Kiunjuri who is Ngilu's former assistant minister has alleged that there were corrupt deals in the ministry, insisting that he will stop at nothing in unveiling corrupt government officials in his anti corruption crusade.

But in the water minister's defense, Prime Minister Raila Odinga called the allegations a witch hunt by her political detractors.

While maintaining that the government would not relent in its fight against corruption, Odinga was quick to add that personal witch hunt would not be tolerated.

Ngilu has vehemently denied the claims and says she will not be cowed to give in.

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