The man gave me a gift, Karua says on bribery allegations
21 December 2015, 19:15
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
Karua though says that she understood the money to be a personal donation and not a corporate contribution
meant to push certain business interests.
also denied receiving the claimed amount and a car, insisting that she
only got KES 2 million from Hopkins towards the end of 2012.
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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