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Why male and female MPs will be ‘camping’ in women’s toilet in Parliament

The precincts of Parliament buildings in Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
The precincts of Parliament buildings in Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
A Parliamentary committee is planning to take its investigation to the women's toilet in the National Assembly to establish if indeed money exchanged hands to shoot down a contentious report.

A Parliamentary committee is planning to take its investigation to the women’s toilet in the National Assembly to establish if indeed money exchanged hands to shoot down a contentious report.

Kiambu Woman Representative Gathoni Wamuchomba will lead members of the National Assembly Powers and Privileges Committee – including male counterparts – to the women’s toilet to carry out the probe on bribery claims linked with a report on the influx of contraband sugar into the country.

This is as per the directive of the National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi, who is also the chairman of the committee.

Muturi said the committee members will visit the ladies’ washrooms in parliament to ascertain whether it is possible for people sharing cubicles to talk to each other and also if it’s possible for someone at the lobby to eavesdrop on a conversation of persons using the cubicles.

BRIBERY CLAIMS

“It’s fair for us to just see and make determination from a point of knowledge,” the Speaker said.

Wamuchomba, while appearing before the committee, is on record for claiming to have heard female MPs admitting that they were given money by Wajir Women Representative Fatuma Gedi to shoot down the report.

The whole transaction reportedly involved very powerful individuals in and outside the government.

Wamuchomba however claims she was unable to identify her colleagues in the toilet since they went silent after they heard her receiving a phone call.

She will now be required to lead the team to the toilet to demonstrate on her claims.



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