, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi says legislators with claims of graft within the House should come forward with the evidence they possess.
Through a statement, Muturi emphasised that Parliament takes any allegations of graft seriously and they must be thoroughly investigated, and appropriate action taken pursuant to provisions of relevant statutes.
He indicated that he has given the Clerk instructions to write to the members who have been quoted in sections of the media citing incidences of bribery within the precincts of Parliament.
“It has come to my attention that Members of the National Assembly have expressed themselves in different fora including mainstream and social media regarding the happenings in Parliament just before the debate on the Sugar Report prepared by the Joint Committees of Trade and Industry and that of Agriculture,” he stated.
He urged them to come forward and share their testimonies or any information that they may have with the Powers and Privileges Committee which will review the information in the shortest time possible.
“My office and the House leadership in general takes the bribery allegations within the precincts of Parliament very, very seriously and this must be thoroughly investigated, and appropriate action taken pursuant to provisions of relevant statutes,” he said.
He pointed out that following this, the Committee will make a recommendation on whether to involve the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) in the probe.
“I would like to assure the nation and the people of Kenya that as the Speaker of the National Assembly, together with the House Leadership, we will not sit pretty as monumental allegations of corruption within Parliament garner credence. We will act and act decisively.”
His statement came as President Uhuru Kenyatta stated that the war on graft and the ongoing demolitions are unstoppable because they are part of his transformative agenda.
Speaking during a church service in Karen on Sunday, the head of State vowed to bring an end to impunity saying it was dragging his governments agenda behind.