NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 23 – Defence Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo has refuted allegations that he offered bribes to members of the Public Accounts Committee(PAC) to delete any adverse mention of his name in an audit report.
Iringo who was being grilled by the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Committee said such claims amount to character assassination by people who were bent on tarnishing his name.
PAC Chairman Ababu Namwamba during his questioning by the committee presented an audio recording which he indicated that members of his committee, including his vice chairperson, Cecily Mbarire, received a Sh1.5 million bribe from Iringo.
Namwamba had stated that Iringo had promised them defence contracts to delete any adverse mentions of the PS in an audit report.
Iringo however pointed out that his relationship with Namwamba and the other committee members is purely work related and states that he did not bribe them.
He had earlier described the claims as utter nonsense while threatening to take a court action against those implicating him.
He said he has never and will never bribe anyone and challenged the MPs to come out in the open and stop taking advantage of parliamentary privileges to make statements bent on tarnishing and destroying other people’s reputations.
The PS said the issue of confidential expenditure had been put to rest as he had satisfactorily responded to the Public Accounts Committee over queries raised by the Auditor General.
He blamed the allegations being propagated on political games being played by the MPs.
According to the dossier, Iringo had promised to give them business in the Defence Ministry where he is the PS if ‘they did his work’.