MPS to be investigated for “shameful conduct” in front of Rai billionaire

Interesting case

The committee members came on the spot over two major incidents where some members were spotted exchanging pleasantries with billionaire Jaswant Rai who had been summoned to give evidence on the contraband sugar.

This came after members of the public raised concern after a photo was taken of several MPs surrounding Rai in search of a handshake.

Negative perception

"Sittings have become a parade where you cannot distinguish witnesses, suspects and MPs. We have seen these members on live television hugging, embracing and exchanging pleasantries with accused persons who appear before them. This has left the public with a negative perception," Duale stated.

The second incident touched on MPs' conduct when Interior CS Fred Matiang'i appeared before the committee last Thursday.

At some point as the CS was seated on the witness desk, MPs engaged in a heated argument with Kega on several occasions protecting Matiang'i from answering questions from the legislators.

Investigations

"He allowed members to become rowdy. They started exchanging words as suspects watched while folding their hands. How could he, yet there is the possibility that the sugar being consumed by millions of Kenyans is poisonous?"

"How do you go to a committee and become so emotional that you defend a CS as if you work for his or her docket? We have allowed money to change hands so that we can defend these CSs," Minority Leader John Mbadi complained.

National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi Muturi termed the MPs' conduct as unfortunate and ordered investigations to determine if there were committee members who were compromised.

Muturi further warned that those found to have received bribes would face disciplinary action including being removed from the committees.

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