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Did Martha Karua receive BAT bribe?

20 December 2015, 12:28

Nairobi - Narc Kenya Party leader, Martha Karua, has denied claims that she received KES 7 million bribe from BAT to stop action against cigarette smuggling.

In a report published by The Independent Saturday, BAT made political donations to the former presidential candidate who is also a former justice minister, in in exchange for a KRA document outlining a multi-million contract for new technology designed to stamp out tobacco smuggling.

The revelation was made by a former BAT employee, Paul Hopkins, who claims to have exchanged several emails with the then Karua’s aide, Mary Mukindia who currently works for KRA.

Read Also: Wetang'ula denies BAT bribery claims

However, Mukindia says that her role in Karua’s campaign could not be of great help to BAT as she did not have access to KRA documents, while Karua has insisted that the KES 2 million she received from Hopkins was a personal donation to her campaign.

Karua now wants the paper to correct the story, Daily Nation reports, with her lawyer threatening legal action against it for publishing a malicious report.

Early this month, Moses Wetang’ula also appeared in a BBC report linking him to the BAT bribery scam in Africa, alleging that Wetang'ula received bribe as Trade Minister to compromise anti-tobacco laws.

Wetang'ula however refuted the report as malicious rumour generated to besmirch his reputation and character.

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