I Was Offered Ksh.3M To Save Linturi – MP Omanyo Claims

I Was Offered Ksh.3M To Save Linturi – MP Omanyo Claims

Busia Woman Rep Catherine Omanyo has claimed that someone tried to bribe her to write a favourable report in the impeachment case against embattled Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi.
In an interview with Citizen TV, Omanyo said most of the committee members who were tasked with determining the fate of Linturi were approached with bribes to favour the CS.

“Someone came to me with Ksh.2 million, and another came saying the money had increased to Ksh.3 million because the report against Linturi was hot. At some point these people asked me to state what I wanted to favour the CS,” Omanyo said.

She revealed that the committee members were given bribes, but some declined to be compromised.

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“It was very heated during committee sittings. At some point, we almost got physical because of the bribery within the committee. We had to retreat to cool off before we resumed sittings,” Omanyo added.

She said the allegations against Linturi were glaring and there was no way he was supposed to escape blame in the fake fertiliser saga.

Catherine Omanyo – Mwakilishi wa kike, Busia: Baadhi ya wanakamati waliotaka kumtoa CS Linturi walitishwa. Tuliambiwa tutapewa Ksh. milioni 2-3 lakini nilikataa kwa sababu nilitaka kuwatetea wakulima #SemaNaCitizen @MKapombe pic.twitter.com/eSR3XB9dCF

— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) May 14, 2024
Linturi survived impeachment when seven out of the 11 committee members voted in his favour.

His survival irked opposition MPs who claimed committee members had been bribed to save him from impeachment.

Rarieda Member of Parliament Otiende Amollo claimed to be aware of corruption among the members.

“I have spoken to some of the members of the select committee and a disclosure has been made to me that questions and allegations of impropriety and misconduct by some members of the committee,” he told Parliament.

“It is necessary that such an issue is referred to the powers and privileges committee first because if there is any truth in it, this would result in the report being annulled. It would not be right to discuss that report.”

But Speaker Moses Wetangula dismissed the lawmakers’ allegations, saying: “You cannot cast aspersions against your colleagues without a specific motion against any or several of them.”

Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi on his part termed the committee’s decision as a case of the Houses’ decision being revoked by a group of seven people.

“There is a higher moral responsibility on the cabinet secretary and the appointing authority, following the overwhelming 149-against-36 vote in this House last Thursday. This matter should not even have gone to the select committee stage,” said Wandayi.

He urged Parliament to refuse to recognise Linturi as the minister for Agriculture, until President Ruto yields and dismisses the CS.

By Citizen Digital

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