‘MCAs wanted Sh20 mil­lion to clear Dasani’

Source says they re­duced their de­mand to Sh10 mil­lion be­fore set­tling on Sh5m

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ERNEST CORNEL @OduorErnest

The 10 Mom­basa MCAs ar­rested for al­legedly so­lic­it­ing bribes from Coca-Cola ini­tially asked for Sh20 mil­lion to ex­on­er­ate the com­pany, a source has said.

He said the MCAs re­duced their de­mand to Sh10 mil­lion, be­fore set­tling on Sh5 mil­lion. They were to re­ceive Sh1 mil­lion on Monday – when they were in­ter­cepted – then ar­range for the bal­ance to be wired, the source said.

The MCAs had gone to in­spect Co­caCola’s fac­tory after one of its prod­ucts – Dasani wa­ter – was al­legedly found to con­tain im­pu­ri­ties.

They were al­legedly bribed to al­ter a re­port which found wa­ter sam­ples to be harm­ful and rec­om­mended that the firm stop sup­ply­ing its prod­ucts to Mom­basa.

An in­sider at the assembly said the re­port had al­ready been fi­nalised and was to be tabled this week.

Health Com­mit­tee chair­man Swaleh Baya de­nied both so­lic­it­ing a bribe and plan­ning to al­ter the re­port. “The re­port is not ready yet. We are await­ing sample re­sults from South Africa,” he said.

Six of the MCAs recorded state­ments. All 10 MCAs were re­leased.

Coca-Cola CEO Ibrahim al Khoury was un­avail­able for com­ment. A source at the In­tegrity Cen­tre said EACC of­fi­cers had been track­ing the MCAs since the story of al­leged im­pu­ri­ties broke.

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