Drama as MPs confront each other over corruption claims
18 March 2015, 08:15
Nairobi – Drama unfolded at a Parliamentary committee sitting when some members accused their colleagues of receiving a KES 4 million bribe to doctor investigations report before tabling it in the House for debate.
Eight angered MPs in the National Assembly's Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperative Committee who disagreed with the committee’s investigations report on problems bedeviling the agriculture sector, accused 22 members of taking bribes to delay the report for eight months and manipulating it.
The committee’s chair, Mohammed Noor (Mandera North MP) was particularly accused of being compromised to influence the outcome of the report after receiving the KES 4 million through his Equity Bank account from unidentified depositor.
“I am not happy with what the committee has done regarding the report tabled last week. The report was mutilated despite members doing a good job,” said Mumias East MP, Benjamin Washiali.
“I don’t know of the alleged KES 60 million given to the members but we all know KES 4 million was deposited in your (Chairman’s) account and I believe it influenced the outcome of the report. The report was to be tabled in October last year after working on it within four months but it took too long before it was tabled,” he added.
The alleged KES 4 million bribe contradicts earlier media reports that the committee received KES 60 million to manipulate the report.
Mt. Elgon MP, John Serut who at sometime confronted Washiali for accusing the members of engaging in corruption without giving substantial evidence revealed that he was thrown out of committee’s meeting in Mombasa when he asked the Chair to settle the alleged KES 4 million corruption issue.
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Kwanza MP, Ferdinand Wanyonyi, asked the committee to withdraw the tabled report for members to compare between the agreed upon initial report and the final mutilated report.
“It is wrong to term this committee corrupt without substantial evidence. I was shocked to see my name in media as among members who refused to sign the report yet I had sent an apology for my absence because of important engagements in my constituency,” said Wanyonyi.
“The CID should be brought to investigate the alleged corruption in this committee and the media’s source alleging that KES 60 million was shared among 22 members,” he added.
Ugunja MP, Opiyo Wandayi opposed to the committee’s final report said the committee should be investigated the same way the Public Accounts Committee members are being probed to know those who are corrupt.
Wandayi challenged the National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi to use the House Standing Orders to crack the whip corrupt members and reconstituting committees implicated in corruption to redeem Parliament’s integrity.
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