VIDEO:Eurobond ‘persons of interest’ are not thieves – Raila
Individuals named in Raila Odinga’s persons of interest list on the Sh250 billion Eurobond saga are not “thieves”, the Cord leader has said.
Raila said being in the list does not mean parties mentioned were involved in corruption as “some are mentioned by virtue of their offices”.
He added: “We never said they were involved in a negative sense.”
Raila told a press conference on Thursday that CBK board chairman Mohamed Nyaoga and Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo should not react negatively to his list.
Nyaoga denied direct or indirect involvement with Eurobond transactions and said he will take legal action against Raila to clear his name.
Odhiambo said her office “does not participate in mobilising resources for financing government budget requirements and did not participate in the floating of the Eurobond”.
The Opposition leader said there are only specific people who are supposed to step aside, to allow investigations, and face prosecution if found guilty.
He was referring to Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge.
Raila who has maintained that Sh140 billion of the fund was misused, earlier said Nyaoga was in his list as he held the post when the issue arose.
He said remains a “person of interest” as long as he is chairman of the Central Bank of Kenya board.
Others Raila named were Treasury CS Henry Rotich, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, Treasury PS Kamau Thugge and former CBK Governor Njuguna Ndung’u.
The rest were Accountant General Bernard Ndung’u, CBK’s acting Financial markets director John Birech, Financial management director Moses Muthui and Patrick Kamau.