Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has responded to claims by Deputy President William Ruto that he grabbed public land in Yatta, Machakos County.
While dismissing the allegations as false, Kalonzo accused Ruto of tainting his name in a bid to gain political mileage.
He invited State investigating agencies including Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to conduct a probe into the allegations, insisting that he has nothing to hide.
“Addressing a rally in Bomet on Friday, DP Ruto made a frivolous and unsubstantiated claim to the effect that I grabbed government land in Yatta… The wild claims hold no water. The allegations are a cheap and desperate attempt at character assassination,” Kalonzo stated.
He added: “I have endeavored to uphold the highest moral and ethical standards in all my public affairs. I have nothing to hide. I challenge authorities to open investigations into this matter.”
Kalonzo, who spoke at a Nairobi hotel on Monday, challenged Ruto to equally offer himself for investigations concerning the many scandals he has been mentioned in.
He listed the grabbing of the land belonging to former vice-president Joseph Murumbi, attempted land grab of Langata Road Primary School playground, the grabbing of the piece of land on which Weston Hotel is located, and the grabbing of over 100 acres belonging to former IDP, the late Adrian Muteshi.
Kalonzo also wants Ruto to come out clean on how he acquired large tracts of land in Taita Taveta County, explain what he knows about the fake arms scandal, where one of his bodyguards was murdered, and his role in the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal.
Kalonzo further accused Ruto of causing divisions in the country and compared him to outgoing US President Donald Trump.
“DP Ruto has been fomenting bitter division and a class war instead of preaching unity and cohesiveness. As a disrupter of law and order, he is easily comparable to outgoing US President Donald Trump. People like DP Ruto must not be given the chance to wreak havoc through manipulation. They must be stopped on their tracks,” Kalonzo added.