Kenya MP Moses Kuria admits taking $1,000 parliamentary bribe

Moses Kuria

Moses Kuria advised the BBC he supposed to return one of many bribes he had obtained

Kenya MP Moses Kuria has advised the BBC he obtained a $1,000 (£700) bribe in parliament final yr to again the appointment of the bulk chief.

“It isn’t uncommon for members to get this sort of an inducement,” he stated, including he would return the cost.

Mr Kuria made the remarks as he and two different colleagues are to be censured for alleging pay-outs had been made to again a latest constitutional modification invoice.

Majority chief Amos Kimunya has denied that bribes are paid in parliament.

The BBC has requested Mr Kimunya to reply to Mr Kuria’s particular allegation however has not but had a response.

Kenyan MPs are a number of the finest paid lawmakers on this planet – and officers estimate the East African nation loses billions of {dollars} yearly to corruption.

What did Mr Kuria say?

Mr Kuria stated he had witnessed corruption many instances in parliament.

“And it has occurred numerous instances for the eight years that I have been in parliament,” he advised BBC’s Newsday programme.

“Clearly these items do not occur on digital camera.”

He gave the appointment of Mr Kimunya for example. He changed Aden Duale as majority chief within the nationwide meeting final June.

The MP for the Gatundu South constituency admitted that the corrupt practices had been fallacious.


“It’s fallacious. And I feel sure… given a possibility I’d refund at the very least the one I can most vividly recall,” he stated.

“I am going to in all probability do [it] right now… refund the $1,000 that I did obtain to vote in Amos Kimunya because the chief of the bulk.”

What is the present row about?

Mr Kuria gave the BBC an interview as he has been summoned to look earlier than the home speaker for alleging some politicians obtained about $1,000 to vote for the constitutional modification invoice often called the Constructing Bridges Initiative (BBI).

President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and Raila Odinga (R) shaking hands in February 2018

President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and opposition chief Raila Odinga (R) again the BBI invoice

The intention of the invoice – backed by the president and chief of the opposition Raila Odinga – is to deal with the principle challenges the nation has confronted since independence equivalent to ethnic antagonism, corruption and devolution.

However critics say it can solely enhance waste as it can enhance the variety of parliamentary seats and produce again the publish of prime minister and a number of other deputies.

Mr Kuria is a supporter of Deputy President William Ruto, who doesn’t again the BBI invoice, and is a bitter rival of Mr Odinga, with the 2 males manoeuvring to succeed Mr Kenyatta as president in elections due subsequent yr.

Regardless of some preliminary opposition the BBI has been handed by county assemblies and lately by parliament.

Mr Kuria advised the BBC different inducements had been used to steer politicians – just like the demand by county meeting members that they’d solely again the BBI invoice for automobile grants, roughly value $20,000 every.

The Salaries and Remuneration Fee (SRC) authorized the grants in February.

After the president indicators the BBI invoice, it is because of be put to a referendum later this yr.


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