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MP wants Wetang'ula to resign over BAT bribery saga

23 December 2015, 12:08 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi -Tetu MP, Ndung’u Gethenji has asked Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula to resign over the British American Tobacco (BAT) bribery claims.

Gethenji said the CORD co-principal should resign as Senator and Senate minority leader.

Speaking at his constituency, the MP said CORD leaders were concentrating more on what is happening in Jubilee coalition rather than their coalition.

“Those who speak more are the most corrupt. Wetang'ula has been adversely mentioned in the BAT saga. He should leave office immediately. He has also been on the spot over voter bribery allegations,” said Gethenji.

He accused CORD leaders of being insincere in the war against graft, citing the Wetang'ula's case.

“We know people who are in elective seats and have been pronounced criminals. They should suffer consequences of their unethical deeds,” stated Gethenji who is also chairman of Defence and Foreign Relations committee in the national assembly.

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He added that CORD leader Raila Odinga has remained mum over the two scenarios pitting his co-principal.

According to British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Wetang'ula received favours from BAT while serving as the Trade Minister in 2012.

BBC said in July 2012, Adell-Owino, who was BAT lobbyist, requested the purchase of an air ticket for Wetang'ula in exchange for some favours.

The email further indicated that he would be ‘hosted at Globe House’ which is BAT's London headquarters.

Adell-Owino asked that the transaction be ‘paperless’ and there be ‘no receipts if any in his (Wetang'ula) name,’ according to the BBC report.

However, Wetang'ula has since denied knowledge of the emails and threatened to take action against the international broadcaster.

The revelations have served as a setback to the outspoken Senator, who has been on the forefront of campaigns to have the government to account for Eurobond money.

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