First family fights fraud claims

February 6, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 6 – The first family has admitted ownership of a company that was adversely mentioned in Parliament by MP Ababu Namwamba, but refuted claims that they have been involved in buying and selling maize or any other commodities.

In a press statement, Judith, James, David and Anthony Kibaki said the Gingalili (1968) Limited only undertakes dairy and vegetable farming.

“The farm is jointly owned by H.E President Mwai Kibaki, the H.E First Lady Mrs Lucy Kibaki, and their children. The farming activities include dairy farming and vegetable farming,” the statement said.

Rebuking the Budalangi MP, they urged the Speaker of the National Assembly to take action on Mr Namwamba’s allegations.

“Even going by the current low political standards that exist among certain politicians in Kenya today, the attack on the First Lady from the floor of the National Assembly is unprecedented, undignified and exceedingly shameful,” they said.

The family also urged the Speaker to give the nation direction on the issue.

“We also challenge the Member of Parliament for Budalangi (Namwamba) to repeat these allegations outside the sanctuary of Parliament, where he cannot hide behind parliamentary privilege,” they said.

Mr Namwamba apologised to the First Lady in Parliament on Thursday for implicating her in the maize scandal.
The MP clarified that he only tabled documents showing that a company associated with Mrs Kibaki was among those that had been cleared to purchase maize from the National Cereals and Produce Board.

His purported evidence was however thrown out by the Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim, who ruled that his documents were not authentic.


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