Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki is expected to chair a cabinet
meeting Thursday to address calls for the resignation of the finance minister
over corruption allegations. This comes after Kenya's parliament unanimously
passed a vote of no confidence Wednesday in Finance Minister Amos Kimunya.
Kimunya denies any involvement in the alleged corruption charges against him.
Kimunya reportedly came under intense criticism after overseeing the
controversial sale of the Grand Regency Hotel in Nairobi, which was condemned
as a corrupt deal. From Kenya's capital, Nairobi Finance Minister Kimunya tells VOA
reporter Peter Clottey that the truth will set him free in Wednesday's cabinet
a surprising move after all the accolades that were showered on me just for me
reading the budget and what we've been doing. I'm still digesting the matter,
but what is more important for me is that I would want the Kenyan people to
listen to what their leaders had to say, and digest it and make up their minds
to see whether there was any substance in the allegations leveled against me,
and after that they will know the kinds of leaders they have," Kimunya pointed
described as unjustified the vote of no confidence by his fellow
would want my friends around the world, professional colleagues who know me,
and who know my stance on governance, on integrity, and all the issues that I
stand for to actually go through the list of the issues that the members (of
parliament) talked about, and make their mind and judge me based on a clear
standing of whether it is true or false," he said.
said he has done nothing wrong and claims he is sure he would be vindicated
when the truth comes out in Wednesday's cabinet meeting.
truth will set us free, and I have always stood for the truth and that is why I
am not particularly popular. I stand for the truth, I stand for integrity, I
stand for no people taking short cut and you don't get popular with that kind
of stand," Kimunya noted.
described as unfortunate the charges leveled against him after the
controversial sale of the Regency Hotel.
see, if by recovering the Grand Regency Hotel that has taken 15 years and
selling it to recover the money that was taken away from central bank, if that
is in bad taste then we are in trouble as a nation. I expected people to say
thank you very much for recovering what had been looted from us. But obviously
some people have lost out in terms of the wheeling and dealing they have been
doing in terms of continuing milking the central bank, and you don't get
popular with that kind of move. But I am very proud of what I have done," he
said he still stands by the truth despite the allegations of corruption being
leveled against him.
terms of many allegations of corruption, the truth will eventually come out,
and it would become very clear pretty soon who is telling lies and who is
telling the truth," Kimunya pointed out.
expressed as unfortunate the vote of no confidence in him passed by his
colleagues in parliament.
terms of the vote of confidence, it depends on who is making the judgment and
the capacity of the people making the judgment. If they are using emotions or
if they are using facts, but I'm very proud of what I have been doing, and I
will continue doing what I have to do for this country, and I would not be
discouraged in terms of the values that I stand for, and fight for integrity
and fight for better governance," he said.