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CORD MPs censured for failing to support Raila on Ango Leasing pay

21 May 2014, 16:00 John Kioko

Kwale - A Jubilee MP James Mwangi has insisted that Kenya must bear the burden of Anglo leasing debt amounting to KES 1.4 billion.

Mwangi told off CORD members opposed to President Uhuru Kenyatta's directive to pay the debt saying their top leader, Raila Odinga already supports it.

Speaking at cultural center in Kwale town on Tuesday when a parliamentary budget committee collected views to be featured in the 2014/2015 budget, Mwangi said, “If Raila Odinga has said some of the Anglo Leasing dealings were genuine, who are mere MPs to oppose the payments?”

He was reacting on Embakasi South MP, Irshad Sumra's sentiments that CORD members do not support the payment deal.

Sumra said that as CORD, they have not agreed to the Anglo Leasing pay adding that President Uhuru's directive is personal and not serving the interests of Kenyans.

He said that such money which is being given to fraudsters should instead be directed to the counties to repair and make good roads.

But Embakasi North MP told Sumra off when he stood to address residents saying that Kenya as a country must pay the Anglo Leasing debt for the sake of the country’s future.

“If a father has agreed that Anglo Leasing debt must be paid, a child's noise means nothing. We have to pay the debt by all means,” he noted.

Mwangi told Kenyans if the debt is not paid now, it will continue haunting them even 20 years to come.

“Let us be realistic. We have to settle that debt because the deals were transacted on behalf of Kenyans by our past leaders and the burden is left with us; we can’t avoid it,” he added.

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