Date: 20 January 2017 07:46
Former TNA Secretary-General Onyango Oloo on Friday claimed that State House made frantic calls to block his Wednesday defection to ODM in vain.
The former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s point man in Nyanza and one of his chief strategists disclosed how State House made frantic calls to impress upon him to rescind his decision to decamp from the ruling Jubilee.
“I received several phone calls from State House imploring me not to defect but I told them I had made up my mind. They even tried to entice me with undisclosed big appointment which I declined,” Mr Oloo said.
He accused Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri of displaying Jubilee frustrations following his defection by attempting to link him to non-existent scandals.
Mr Kiunjuri had claimed that investigations against Mr Oloo over corruption claims during his service under his ministry were at an advanced stage.
“Politicians run to their villages for community protection. I want to remind Oloo that I have a secret dossier as he created a mess in the ministry,” the CS had said.
But a defiant Mr Oloo, speaking at a vernacular radio station in Kisumu on Friday morning questioned why the CS had to wait until his exit from the government to raise corruption queries against him.
“If you have a scandal do you run to the government for protection or you move out of the government?” posed Mr Oloo.
“If this is the trend by Jubilee that your scandals are only unmasked when you leave them then how many scandals do we have in Jubilee that are still hidden under the carpet? If I were a thief I would not have moved from government even if I was made a sweeper.”
He told Mr Kiunjuri that he was not on the run and dared him for a legal duel over his corruption claims.
“I am not on the run. I will accompany Raila to Homabay today (Friday) and on Sunday I will be in Nairobi,” he said.
Mr Oloo had served as the chairman of the Lake Basin Development Authority before he was replaced by former Rarieda MP Raphael Tuju.
On Friday, he instead sensationally claimed Mr Kiunjuri had hatched a plot to auction the Sh4 billion mall to his kin from Central Kenya.
“The minister was shocked to see the mega project in Luoland. It is the only mega project in East and central Africa owned by the government. They now want to auction it to their kin and have already found buyers,” he claimed.
He said the mall was a brainchild of the grand coalition government whose construction was approved by the ministry of regional development under the then minister Fred Gumo and Permanent Secretary Carey Orege.
Announcing his defection at the Public service in Kisumu on Wednesday, Mr Oloo termed the Jubilee government “a den of thieves and ethnic chauvinists.”
He said Jubilee government had been hijacked by people who did not participate in “hunting for the animal but had now come when the meat was ready and were now munching it indiscriminately.”