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MP says parliament not a ‘rubber stamp’

05 May 2014, 10:43 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - Mukurweini Member of Parliament Kabando wa Kabando has said parliament will not be manipulated in regard to the payment of Anglo leasing debt.

Kabando, in a statement, said parliament can not and will not be used to cleanse smelly deals.

“Parliament can't and won't be misused to deodorize smelly deals. We in Jubilee can't and won't be manipulated to sanitize stinking derelict frauds,” said Kabando.

The outspoken MP stated that the architects of corruption will not sleaze their stay into the Jubilee government regime.

“Corrupt mandarins can't and won't sleaze their stay into Jubilee regime. Effectively, we Jubilee MPs have overwhelmingly resolved to reject any pay to shadowy, fictitious companies,” he added.

He noted that parliament is not a rubber stamp of anyone but the MPs mandate is oversight and to defend public interest.

However, in a rejoinder TNA national chairman Johnson Sakanja said there is misinformation around the Anglo leasing payment while he called for a need to separate facts from emotion.

“There's been a lot of misinformation around the KES 1.4B Anglo Leasing Payment. There is need to separate facts from emotion,” said Sakaja in a Twitter post.

He also faulted reports that government was supposed to pay KES.125 billion noting that it was KES.56.2 billion.

“If anything, the total maximum for all the Anglo leasing contracts was KES.56.2B. KES125 B is media's,” he asserted.

Kabando however, maintained that the parliamentary budget committee, Solicitor General, Attorney General and Cabinet Secretary Treasury ought to explain to MPs the legal foundation of Kenyans paying up the controversial contracts.

“It behoves us in parliamentary leadership to demand full disclosures of the shadowy figures behind the covert tendering. We must break the chains,” he said.

“Who are these camouflaged mandarins? Either we unmask the "directors, or we are part of a grand conspiracy to defraud our citizenry, external legalities notwithstanding,” posed the MP.

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