Moses Kuria, the Gatundu South MP, has admitted to accepting a bribe of Ksh.100, 000 within the parliament’s precincts as an inducement to vote in favor of House Majority Leader Amos Kimunya.
Kuria told the BBC that such ‘inducement presents’ are commonplace and MPs are paid or compensated to vote in a particular way, especially when the government has an interest in a matter.
“It is not uncommon in Kenya for members of parliament to be paid or compensated to vote in a particular way, especially when the government has an interest in a matter,” Kuria said on Thursday
The outspoken MP said he was paid Ksh.100,000 to vote for Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya, who took over as leader of the majority from Garissa Township legislator Aden Duale in June 2020.
“When the new Majority Leader was appointed because they were not elected,” he continued, “we went to the majority leader’s office and received a USD 1000 gift.”
The legislator was pressed during the interview to explain why he accepted a bribe despite knowing it was illegal.
However, the MP who was summoned by parliament for disorderly conduct defended himself by saying that if given the chance, he would gladly refund the money.
“I’m not sure if the money belonged to Kenyan taxpayers, but I’ll be refunding the most recent that I can recall to the office of the leader of the majority,” he said.
When asked whether he can back up his allegations, the MP who pledges allegiance to the Deputy President’s Tanga Tanga camp said he does not expect parliament to admit wrongdoing.
“These things don’t happen on camera, and I don’t expect them to admit it, but they do happen in the majority leader’s office,” she said.
At the same time, Kuria jumped at the chance to cast aspersions on the proposed constitutional amendments through the BBI Bill, calling the entire process a sham secured through deception and corruption.