Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has admitted to being bribed with Sh100, 000 to vote for Kipipiri MP as the Majority Leader in the National Assembly.
Speaking to the BBC on Thursday morning, the outspoken legislator revealed the practice was not a strange occurrence in the Kenyan parliament and that lawmakers are bribed to make decisions, especially those favoring the government.
”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. 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,” the MP told the BBC.
Pressed to explain why he accepted the Sh 100, 000 bribe yet he knew it was an offense, the Gatundu South MP said he was not aware if the money belongs to Kenya taxpayer but will be refunding the share he received.
”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. 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,” he added.