Martha Karua Accuses Uhuru of Bribery After Sagana Meeting

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) shaking hands with NARC Kenya party leader Martha Karua at a past event.
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  • Former Presidential Aspirant Martha Karua has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of bribing Members of the County Assembly (MCAs).

    Speaking in Baricho on Saturday, January 30, the former Minister claimed that the Head of State had offered MCAs from the Mt Kenya region a bribe in form of car grants in order to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

    She further urged the Mt Kenya region to reject the BBI document in totality unless copies are availed to them.

    “The president's acceptance to grant MCAs demand for car grants is nothing short of a quid pro quo. It is bribery in return for the assemblies' pledge to close their eyes on contentious issues and pass an unnecessary document.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking during a delegation of Central Kenya leaders that turned at Sagana State Lodge on Saturday, January 30.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking during a delegation of Central Kenya leaders that turned at Sagana State Lodge on Saturday, January 30.
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    "The infamous BBI must no longer be made a preserve for a few in state-driven meetings. The people must be provided with copies of the document,” the Narc Kenya party leader stated.

    Karua further cautioned the Head of State from forcing a successor on the region when his term runs out noting that people have the power to choose their own.

    “Please Mr President, we respect you and don’t try to tell us what we will do after you complete your term in 2022," she added.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged to help Members of the County Assembly achieve their demands for a Ksh 2 million car grant each during a meeting with MCAs from Mt Kenya on Saturday, January 30.

    His assurance was welcomed by the legislators who in turn promised to support the Building Bridges Initiative whose future now lies in the hands of county assemblies.

    Since 2017, the Mt Kenya MCAs had been pressurising Kenyatta to allow them access Ksh2 million car grant given to MPs. 

    They have also been demanding for salary increment and wanted the Head of State to strengthen the Ward Development Fund as promised. 

    The Sagana meeting was attended by up to 7,000 delegates from the region.

    Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua during an interview on KTN's Point Blank.
    Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua during an interview on KTN's Point Blank.
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