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MP asks EACC, DPP to investigate Karua over BAT bribery allegations

21 December 2015, 12:01 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Lugari MP, Ayub Savula has asked the anti-corruption commission and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keriako Tobiko to launch investigations over claims that NARC Kenya party leader, Martha Karua received bribe from BAT to fund her presidential campaign in 2013.

Savula demanded the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to hastily probe Karua following BBC's exposé mentioning Karua in the British-American Tobacco (BAT) scandal for Tobiko to give appropriate prosecution directive.

"I ask EACC to swiftly probe Karua and DPP direct for her prosecution if it is true she was bribed by BAT. We don't want senior politicians telling young leaders to go slow in the leadership of this country yet they are linked to corruption scandals," said Savula.

He added that Karua has to clear her name over the BAT bribery claims to have the ultimate moral standard in condemning and demanding Jubilee government to be serious and accountable in the fight against corruption.

Read Also: Did Martha Karua receive BAT bribe?

Karua joins CORD co-principal and Bungoma Senator, Moses Wetang'ula in the BBC's exposé on claims of having received bribes from BAT to influence certain legislation in favor of the tobacco company, while serving as ministers in the 2007 - 2012 coalition government.

However, Karua who was then serving as the Justice minister has denied the bribery claims or any involvement in the scam, while Wetang'ula termed the exposé as mischievous, intending to tarnish his name and used by his political opponents to finish his political career.

He had threatened to sue BBC and any local media outlet that carried story for defamation if they failed to apologize.

The Jubilee MPs have taken advantage of Wetang'ula and Karua's alleged BAT bribery scandal to attempt to silence them as the duo together with CORD leader Raila Odinga have been in forefront of criticizing the government for various graft scandals.

The opposition leaders have been up in arms with Jubilee over land grabbing, alleged misappropriation of KES 140 billion from Eurobond and the KES 791 million loss in National Youth Service, the suspended laptop project for pupils, among others.

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