Senate committee to probe ‘corrupt’ senators

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Senate speaker Ken Lusaka. PHOTO; courtesy
Nairobi, KENYA: Powers and privileges senate committee is set to investigate corruption allegations leveled against senators.
In a media briefing  at parliamentary buildings on Tuesday, chair of the  committee who is also  senate speaker Ken Lusaka urged the chair of  Public accounts and investment committee, Moses Kajwang to do a formal communication on such allegations in bid to  set the pace for the powers and privileges committee to  execute its probe against   the matter.
Lusaka said that Kajwang has seven days to do the formal communication to his committee to make it easier to carry on with the investigation.
“The committee has accordingly resolved to request the chairperson of the county Public Accounts and investment committee to formally furnish the committee on the allegations made in order for the committee to determine how to proceed,”Lusaka said
Ruaraka landowner Francis Mburu made allegations linking some senators on the committee against extorting bribes from him insisting that he had recordings on the same.
He  said that the committee met on Tuesday, whereby it resolved that it will embark on collecting evidence on the matter starting from the CPAIC chair terming such allegations as serious and grave stressing that  there is need to institute probe on the said
 matter.
He said that the allegations amount to criminal offenses and have the prospect of undermining public confidence in the Senate and public confidence as a whole.
“The committee met in pursuant to section 15(5) of parliamentary and powers and privileges Act ,which provides the committee shall of its own motion or as a result of a complaint made by any person inquire into the conduct of a member whose conduct is alleged constitute a breach of privilege in terms of section 16.”Lusaka said
However, he indicated that CPAIC committee will go on and table the Ruaraka report before the house

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