MPS give mixed reports on bribery allegations
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.