When reports that the sugar in Kenya was riddled with toxins, making it unfit for human consumption, a parliamentary committee was tasked to investigate why such products are in the market.
Once the report was finished and presented in parliament, it was shut down by members of the house, not once but twice. Reasons fronted for this included that the committee did not “conclusively interrogate critical issues raised”.
Many let it go, until a few weeks later, a list of MPs who had received bribes to shut down the report started doing rounds on social media.
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Published in a local daily, the list featured 150 MPs who had received between $100 and $300.
Further details indicate that the MPs were given the money in the toilets of the parliament and that they were approached by the majority and minority leaders in parliament to make sure that they shut down the report.
According to reports, the speaker of parliament has invited the country’s anti-corruption agency to investigate into these allegations.
Kenyans are furious over these revelations, especially since the imported sugar cost the taxpayer Sh10 billion in lost taxes and exposed them to health hazards.
Here are how they reacted:
It’s a big shame for mps to get bribed and shoot down a very important https://t.co/RYP6QhtAvC other parliament has behaved in such a manner. We should recall this #HouseOfPigs and vote in sober leaders. Seems it’s will take ages to achieve the Big4 if these are the characters
— Raila Junior Odinga (@Railajunior) August 15, 2018
A 35year Old first time MP is inspiring a whole nation next door in Uganda as our MPs are busy getting bribed to shoot down reports
— Abu Sakeena (@FauzKhalid) August 13, 2018
MPs who were bribed need not to be in the house for violating article 6 of the constitution.
EACC should seek a court order to bar them from holding a public office.
— Prof.Dr.ENG. Nanguti (@nangutikevin) August 15, 2018
@ntvkenya #AmLiveNTV if our mps can be bribed to avoid saving the people from dangers of mercury contained sugar then we do not need them for their interest is just money not people the purposes of their being elected
— Samuel N Orutwa (@orutwasam) August 15, 2018
— Nickoluoch (@nickoluoch) August 14, 2018
Lets forget about MPs sorting the sugar mess. The committee hugged & laughed with the sugar barons, the house bribed themselves with sugar money while Duale & Mbadi dances ndombolo instead of debating the report.
— Ogonda Ambajo (@OgondaA) August 14, 2018
#NewsNight Kenya is owned and is for thieves Period! These mps bribed their way into Parliament, so ,10,000/= is huge sum bearing in mind that ,is preparing for 2022 elections.
— Charles Njeru Kigoro (@CKigoro) August 14, 2018
The fact that MPs were bribed by as little as 10k clearly shows how low we can stoop for monetary value instead of our own lives. Until we learn to value lives over money 💰 we’re still remaining in this queasy mentality.
— Seya Subanese (@Seyasubanese_16) August 14, 2018
If indeed MPs were bribed to shoot down the sugar report, parliament should be disbanded for it is nothing but a house of thugs!!! A snap election to follow
— cax (@wawerunjagah) August 13, 2018