Parliament to investigate MPs who were ‘bribed’ to kill sugar report


Nairobi,KENYA:National Assembly committee on powers and privileges is set to investigate bribery allegations leveled against some legislators prior to the debate of sugar report early this month.

House Speaker Justin Muturi told p[parliament that the committee chaired by him is scheduled to host Kimilili member of parliament Didmas Barasa and his Muhoroni  counterpart Onyango K Oyoo to quiz them on the allegations  they made  linking some members of parliament to bribery a move  meant to compromise them in order to  shoot down the controversial sugar report.

Muturi indicated that the committee will treat the duo as whistleblowers, terming the move as one way of ascertaining the truth on the matter In order to uphold the integrity of the legislative house.

However, Muturi pointed out that Barasa and K’oyoo will be exonerated from the committee on powers and privileges as they will be witnesses in the probe after it emerged that they are also members of the committee.

Kimilili member of Parliament Didmas Barasa early this month vowed that he will not apologize over allegations he made against Wajir women rep Fatuma Gedi that she was bribing members of parliament to shoot down the report.

On the other hand, Gedi dismissed Didmas claims insisting that the legislator was out to disparage her stature.

 Barasa vowed not to apologize to Gedi insisting that she was allegedly mobilizing MPs to shoot down the report by compromising them allegations Gedi vehemently denied.

Muturi also directed that the house will not be discussing motions related to sugar report as the committee was scheduled to commence the exercise as from fifth of September this year.

On the other hand, Powers and privileges senate committee is set to investigate corruption allegations leveled against senators on Ruaraka land saga.

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 a bid to set the pace for the powers and privileges committee to execute its probe against the matter.

Lusaka said that Kajwang had seven days to do the formal communication to his committee to make it easier to carry on with the investigation.

The speakers are fast-tracking the process to salvage the image of parliament that has been painted as corrupt.