Muturi summons Kuria, Nyoro to explain claims of bribery in House

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 00:00 | By
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi. Photo/PD/File

Mercy Mwai @wangumarci

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has ordered MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu) and Mohammed Ali (Nyali) to attend tomorrow’s (Thursday) sitting to explain bribery claims against their fellow colleagues.

 Muturi told the MPs that they cannot take disciplinary action against the three without them being given an opportunity to explain why they made statements portraying their colleagues in negative light.

 “The order is that the three; Moses Kuria, Ndindi Nyoro and Mohammed Ali of Nyali are hereby directed to be present in Parliament on Thursday April 13, 2021 at 2.30pm, so that everybody is given a chance to be heard,” said Muturi.

 The Speaker made the remarks after legislators demanded that they be called out for their disorderly conduct exhibited during the voting exercise for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill last week.

 Kuria has been summoned to explain why he posted a statement on Facebook accusing his colleagues of  taking Sh100,000 bribe each to vote in favour of the bill. 

Nyoro, who voted NO for the bill, is said to have branded his colleagues, who supported the bill as sell-outs while Ali is accused of portraying Parliament in a negative manner in comments he made on the floor of the House.

Negative light 

 The directive came after Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu demanded that Kuria be named for disorderly conduct. 

“Members of this House are all honourable members. They have been elected by Kenyans and that means each member has a chance to say YES or NO.

It was very wrong for the member to claim that the 235 members, who voted Yes, could only do that after being given Sh100,000,” he said.

 Nominated MP David Sankok supported the calls saying he also faced similar threats by supporting the Bill yet he belonged to the other side of the political divide.

 Leader of Majority in the National Assembly  Amos Kimunya demanded that action be taken on Kuria as he portrayed the House in negative light.

 Minority Leader John Mbadi said a motion should be passed to suspend Kuria from House sittings.

“We are demeaning the dignity of this House. I want you to name him and have him suspended from the House sittings. We cannot tolerate this,” he said.

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