Reports of bribery during last Thursday’s debate on the sugar report yesterday gained credence after two MPs stated categorically that they were approached with bribes to shoot down the sugar report. Kiambu Woman Representative Gathoni wa Muchomba and Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara recounted how MPs were approached to reject the report of the joint committee on Trade and Agriculture.
Wa Muchomba yesterday claimed that some MPs were bribed in Parliament’s toilets while Kihara said some of her colleagues indeed received the cash before the report was tabled. “They were telling us that money is not our mother’s [sic] and that we were being too arrogant. They went to the toilets and corridors to dish out money,” Wa Muchomba said in Kiandutu slums, Thika.
Kihara said one MP from Nakuru county approached her and informed her that the Jubilee party had decided to ‘kill’ the report. “The MP told me that he had been sent by Majority leader Aden Duale to make sure that MPs from Nakuru county did not pass the motion and again said even Minority leader John Mbadi had instructed his colleagues to do the same,” she said.
But in a quick rejoinder, Mbadi said he did not whip his members to reject the report. Kieni MP Kanini Kega who co-chaired the joint committee that authored the report blamed Speaker Justin Mututi, Duale and Mbadi for the rejection of the report. He said Muturi denied members of his committee an opportunity to contribute during the stormy debate.