Wetang'ula denies BAT bribery claims
02 December 2015, 08:21
Bungoma - Cord co-Principal, Moses Wetang’ula has denied any involvement in the bribery allegations by British American Tobacco as highlighted by British Broadcasting Corporation.
Speaking to News24 on phone, Wetang’ula said that claims by BAT that he was bribed with an air ticket to London and booked in one of the expensive guesthouses is wild imagination and outrageous.
“I am a leader of means and I cannot be that cheap to be paid an air ticket and booked in a guesthouse by BAT officials. Let those spreading this propaganda to malign my name come out clearly; I have never been bribed by them and don’t think I will be that cheap to take KES 100 000 air ticket to London,” he said.
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The Ford Kenya party leader said that when he was the Trade minister in the grand coalition government in 2012, the government could pay his air ticket and not BAT as purported by BBC in their investigative piece.
“I was a powerful minister and the ministry I was holding could pay for many travels and accommodations abroad. Why should somebody come up with such a malicious story to tarnish my name? Let those with evidence come forward and present it to Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission for the necessary action to be taken against me,” he said.
The Bungoma Senator also faces another test in his political career as he awaits the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission decision as to whether to delete his name or not from the voters' register on allegation of voter bribery.
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