The Star (Kenya)

Se­na­tors asked me for bribes, says Governor Muri­ithi

- ELIUD WAITHAKA/LAIKIPIA Corruption · Crime · White-collar Crime · Politics

Governor Ndiritu Muri­ithi has threat­ened to ex­pose se­na­tors who tried to ex­tort money from him in ex­change for a “fair grilling” be­fore a Se­nate com­mit­tee.

The Se­nate had sum­moned the county chief to ex­plain the man­age­ment of county re­sources.

Muri­ithi said he is will­ing to fur­nish the Direc­torate of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions and the Ethics and Anti-cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion with af­fi­davits im­pli­cat­ing the se­na­tors.

“In­deed, it is true that a se­na­tor ap­proached me ask­ing for cer­tain con­sid­er­a­tions and I re­buffed them. They said they would give me a hard time dur­ing the grilling ses­sion but I told them to do their worst. I told them I have been around for a long time and no­body would in­tim­i­date or threaten me. They were scru­ti­n­is­ing the 201314 and 2014-2015 au­dited ac­counts,” Muri­ithi said.

He told journalist­s in his Nanyuki town of­fice that some MPS and se­na­tors have over the years been ex­tort­ing money from gov­er­nors.

The governor ac­cused some com­mit­tees of sum­mon­ing gov­er­nors to ex­plain queries on au­di­tor gen­eral’s re­ports which were not timely only to de­mand bribes.

Muri­ithi said the Se­nate has failed Kenyans by not re­solv­ing the stale­mate on the rev­enue shar­ing for­mula.

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