Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has admitted that he received Ksh 100,000 bribe in parliament, terming it commonplace.
The outspoken legislator said he was paid Ksh 100,000 to vote for Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya, who took over as the leader of the majority from Garissa Township MP Aden Duale in June 2020.
The legislator who was summoned by parliament for disorderly conduct told the BBC on Thursday, May 13, that bribes are handed out at the office of the Leader of Majority in National Assembly.
The vocal legislator said its common in Kenya for Members of Parliament to be bribed to vote in a particular way especially when the government has an interest in a particular matter.
“When the new Majority Leader was appointed because they were not elected, we went to the majority leader’s office and received a USD 1000 gift,” Kuria said.
However, the Jubilee lawmaker who pledges allegiance to the Deputy President’s Tanga Tanga brigade said he was more than willing to refund the token.
His remarks come barely a week after he claimed that some Members of Parliament were paid to a tune of Ksh 100,000 to endorse the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill 2020.
“MPs voting YES currently receiving their 100K from the office of a senior parliamentary leader,” Kuria said in a Facebook post seen by Kivumbi.co.ke.
This is after the National Assembly overwhelmingly passed the Building Bridges Initiative bill.
At least 320 legislators participated in the voting process at the second stage where 235 voted for the bill, 83 against the bill whereas two abstained from voting.
Kivumbi.co.ke reported that Soy Caleb Kostanay earlier on claimed that he was offered half a million Kenya shillings to endorse the BBI bill.
Speaking on Monday, May 10, the vocal legislator allied to Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto said he was approached with Ksh 500,000 premium offer, but turned down because his conscience could not allow him.
Kositany who was responding to a question by Citizen TV’s Sam Gituku regarding claims made by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria who recently claimed that the 235 lawmakers who voted in support of the BBI were bribed Ksh 100,000 each.
Kuria is scheduled to appear before the parliamentary committee on Thursday, May 13, with fellow lawmakers Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu) and Mohamed Ali (Nyali) after being summoned for disorderly conduct.