NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – Nyeri Woman Representative Rehab Mukami says she was insulted by her colleague for questioning why MPs rejected the controversial sugar report.
Appearing before the Powers and Privileges Committee chaired by House Speaker Justin Muturi, Mukami accused her Wajir counterpart Fatuma Gedi of being abusive towards her over the report.
“I was really hurt when that report was rejected, and I remember asking one honourable Fatuma Gedi why she was going around lobbying members to reject the report yet she had not even read it. However, all I got was insults from her. She even asked me what I was to gain if the report was to be adopted,” Mukami said.
Gedi has been adversely mentioned by her colleagues who accused her of bribing MPs to reject the report with Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa having told the committee that Gedi approached him with an envelope containing Sh10,000 as bribery.
Gedi has since denied the claims arguing that she had her own reservations concerning the report.
“Allegations made by Didmus Barasa Mr Speaker are false. I did not bribe anyone, and I was shocked when I saw him in the media saying I had an envelope with Sh10,000 which I tried to offer him,” she said.
“As a Member of Parliament, it is my right to either reject or accept any report and, in this case, I had my reservations and what I did was to convince other members to look at recommendations and make their decisions wisely. Personally, I had already rejected it but not at any point did I offer anything to anyone.”
Speaker Muturi said the committee will table a comprehensive report on whether some MPs we bribed or not once the committee is done with the investigation.