Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa and Wajir woman representative Fatuma Gedi were just a few inches from exchanging blows in Parliament over allegations of bribery in the protracted sugar saga.
Thanks to security officials who acted promptly and saved the August House from another WWE smack-down akin to the one of Jaguar and Babu Owino.
“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,” Kiambu Women Rep Muthoni Wa Muchomba said confirming the bribery claims.
Barasa on his part claimed Gedi was a conduit for the alleged Sh10,000-30,000 bribes for MPs that resulted in the rejection of the sugar report on the floor of the House last week.
Gedi said she had already written to the Speaker over Barasa’s accusations and demanded an apology.
“I refuse to bow down. I stand by what is true. And this is the truth. Gedi captained the bribing of MPs to bring down that report that would have held two Cabinet secretaries responsible,” a defiant Barasa reiterated.
“In this case, Gedi should apologize to the people of western and Kenyans at large for betraying them. She should surrender for investigations. I didn’t know her. I knew her when she approached me with Sh10,000 bribe in the chambers. I have no personal issues against Gedi,” he said.
According to Barasa, Gedi was protecting EAC CS Adan Mohammed who was indicted by the committee probing the contraband sugar importation. Treasury CS Henry Rotich and former Agriculture CS Willy Bett had also been indicted in the report.
Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara recounted how MPs were approached to reject the report of the joint committee on Trade and Agriculture.
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.
“If these members who talk in funerals are serious and think it was a mistake for Parliament to reject the report, they should invoke Standing Order 49, requesting the speaker to allow them to reintroduce the report again and convince the House on its merit. The House can either pass or reject it,” Mbadi said.
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