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The man gave me a gift, Karua says on bribery allegations

21 December 2015, 19:15 William Korir

Nairobi - NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua says that she was handed a sum of KES 2 million by a British man but that she took and understood it as a gift.

Karua has been battling bribery allegations after a British man who previously worked for the British American Tobacco BAT stated that he handed Karua KES 7.5 million to help sway a tender at the Kenya Revenue Authority KRA.

The man, a Paul Hopkins in accusations on a British Newspaper stated that Karua received £50,000 KES 7.5 million from BAT in order to influence the release of confidential documents at Kenya Revenue Authority,

Karua though says that she understood the money to be a personal donation and not a corporate contribution meant to push certain business interests. 

She also denied receiving the claimed amount and a car, insisting that she only got KES 2 million from Hopkins towards the end of 2012.

" In our campaign we received numerous individual donations, the vast majority from ordinary Kenyans. We also received some size-able donations from individual contributors and in those instances I would meet and thank individuals personally," she said at the NARC Kenya headquarters in Nairobi.

" As I have already indicated, Paul Hopkins gave a donation of KES 2 million to my 2013 Presidential campaign. I was informed of his donation and we had a brief meeting where I thanked him for his donation,” said Karua. 

Also implicated in the BAT bribery scandal is fellow CORD leader Moses Wetang'ula who is also accused of taking a bribe, reports he has denied.

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