The Star (Nairobi)

18 December 2012

Kenya: We Didn't Steal Molasses Plant - Political Family

THE Odinga family has said it acquired the Kisumu Molasses plant legally. Jubilee leaders were reported to have questioned the acquisition of the plant at a weekend rally in Kakamega.

The leaders were defending themselves against claims by Prime Minister Raila Odinga that they were beneficiaries of looted public resources.

During a campaign in Vihiga a week ago, Raila told his opponents in Jubilee to "be ready to surrender to Kenyans all stolen public property".

He referred them to Leviticus 25:10 in the Bible adding that Jubilee means setting slaves free and giving back all stolen property. Family spokesperson Oburu Oginga said some of the coalition members are out to mudsling the family.

"The Molasses plant issue has come out several times and we have produced legal documents to substantiate its acquisition," he said. The Finance assistant minister said his family acquired the firm legally adding that the allegations made by the leaders were "wild".

"We will not tire in our efforts to shed light to Kenyans and I am ready once again to table all the documents regarding its acquisition," Oburu said at a press conference in Kisumu yesterday.

The PM's elder brother said just as he has shed light of the Molasses plant acquisition in Parliament before, he is ready to tell Kenyans on the facts about its attainment.

Oburu said the sentiments by the Jubilee were made in bad faith to suit the whims of the leaders' masters. "They want to tarnish our family name with malicious falsehoods thinking that this will make them ascend to power," Oburu added.

"Our family obtained the plant openly through a public auction process and we challenge our opponents to tell Kenyans their agenda instead of spreading malicious and selfish propaganda."

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