MPS give mixed re­ports on bribery al­le­ga­tions

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - National News - BY SAMWEL OWINO

Wa­jir Woman Rep Fatma Gedi, who has been ad­versely men­tioned as hav­ing bribed MPS to shoot down the su­gar re­port, yes­ter­day de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore the National Assem­bly Pow­ers and Priv­i­leges Com­mit­tee chaired by Speaker Justin Mu­turi, Ms Gedi, how­ever, ad­mit­ted to have lob­bied law­mak­ers to re­ject the re­port last month.

Kim­ilili MP Did­mus Baraza claimed that Ms Gedi tried to bribe him with Sh10,000 to re­ject the re­port. “The claim that I bribed MPS to shoot down the re­port re­ally both­ers me. I did not bribe any sin­gle mem­ber,” Ms Gedi said.

Ms Gedi said she had reser­va­tions with the re­port and thus per­suaded other MPS to re­ject it. “I felt the re­port was pro­tect­ing su­gar barons and wanted to sac­ri­fice two Cabi­net sec­re­taries,” she added.

Nakuru East MP David Gikaria also de­nied telling her Nakuru coun­ter­part Jayne Ki­hara to re­ject the re­port. He claimed that some peo­ple might have per­sonal vendetta, which they ex­tend to Par­lia­ment. “I can­not re­mem­ber speak­ing to Ms Ki­hara on that par­tic­u­lar day,” he said.

Ki­ambu Woman Rep Gathoni Wa­mu­chomba said she was in the toi­let when she over­head two women MPS ad­mit­ting be­ing bribed. “I did not see mem­bers re­ceiv­ing money in the toi­let, but I heard them say­ing how much they had re­ceived from Fatma Gedi,” she added.

Lu­gari MP Ayub Savula said the con­duct of mem­bers of the joint com­mit­tee dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion raised eye­brow that they were rent-seek­ing. Mr Tonui, who was ad­versely men­tioned by Matayos MP Ge­of­frey Odanga said he was not aware of the ex­is­tence of money in Par­lia­ment on that par­tic­u­lar day. “I have never taken lunch in the new restau­rant. Mr Odanga and I are not even close,” he said.

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