Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has confessed that he received a KSh100,000 bribe to vote in Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya as the majority leader in Parliament.
Speaking to BBC on Thursday, Kuria said that during the June, 2020 voting process, legislators were offered money before going into the chambers.
“When the current majority leader was appointed- because he was more appointed than elected- we were called for a parliamentary group meeting. At the end of that meeting, we passed by the office of the majority leader and received our $1,000 (KSh100,000) and that was it,” Kuria said.
Upon questioning on whether he would return the money, Kuria said: “Given an opportunity I would refund the ones at least I can most vividly recall, which is the KSh100,000 that I received to vote out the former leader of the majority (Garissa Township MP Aden Duale).”
The Jubilee legislator bragged that he has been in Parliament for eight years, and that bribery within the precincts of the House was common. This carrot-and -stick has now allegedly trickled down to the county assemblies.
Kuria on MCAs’ car grants
“If you remember when the Members of the County Assemblies (MCAs) did pass the BBI Bill, a car grant amounting to KSh2 million, where the Bill had been denied for a long time, was passed overnight,” Kuria added.
For BBI’s sake, Kuria says the grants were okayed just in time for the presentation of the Bill at the assemblies.
The Gatundu legislator, who voted “No” for the Bill on May 6 alleges that the entire process was marred by corruption.
“It (the bribes) is proving that this process of BBI has been fraudulent and procured through deceit and corruption,” Kuria said.
The bicameral parliament passed BBI overwhelmingly in the course of the last two weeks. National Assembly voted in the Bill with 224 ‘Yes’ votes and 63 ‘No’ votes. Senate also passed it, with 51 voting ‘Yes’ and 12 voting ‘No’.
A verdict is expected today at the High Court on various petitions filed against BBI, which will determine whether it will sail through to the final stage, a Referendum.