According to Kenya’s Daily Nation, “Former Bahari MP Joe Khamisi reveals today how MPs are bribed to pass Bills in Parliament. In his book, The Politics of Betrayal: Diary of a Kenyan Legislator, Mr Khamisi says he was approached in 2004 by a Cabinet minister to support a Bill in exchange for a job for a relative and “fuel money”.
This is good because Kenyans get to know what happens in the corridors of power. The Daily Nation article takes readers through exciting moments, where the former MP writes about Uhuru Kenyatta and Kalonzo the Vice President holding a meeting to plan on forming a third force that would see the PM Raila Odinga blocked in 2007 from taking over the Presidency. Readers are also taken through the methods MPs use to make money – bribes to ask questions, bribes to block the passing of motions, and so on and on..
It is good that this former MP is revealing things that many Kenyans are not aware of, but my problem is the timing. Why did this former MP not reveal this things when he was still in the corridors of power himself? Why now when things are hot for the 2012 elections? Is he trying to manipulate the 2012 elections to the highest office in the land?
These questions must be asked and answers understood. Otherwise, voters may get carried away and yet the former MP is on a mission of revenge because he is now out in the cold.
When he reveals that he was approached to be bribed by one who was associated with the minister, it is questionable if he did he not call the police in order to have the person arrested. It is also questionable if he did not contact the then minister in order to find out if the personwho contacted him was really sent by the then minister. I question his way of dealing with the attempted bribery if it really took place!
Many people in leadership, when they are out in the cold begin to assume a new role – that of becoming a whistle-blower, a thing that makes me not comfortable with the truth about the former MPs revelation that his former colleagues are being bribed all the time. I hope it is not a smear campaign to try to break some politicians and built those who may have approached him and in agreement he decides to release the book now when the country is soon to go for elections.
By revealing that Uhuru and Kalonzo hatched a plan, it may be because the two leaders, including William Ruto have started to work closely towards capturing the highest office in the land.
However, if what he is writing is true, then the Anti-corruption boss PLO Lumumba should look into it and save the country from corruption in Parliament. This former MP should be called to Anti-corruption office to make a statement and assist in the investigations. He should be ready to name names and come out with proof to strengthen his allegations on the bribery issues, otherwise if his book is read and nothing is done, the allegations will taint the names of all parliamentarians because people will start looking at them suspiciously, when in actual sense, they may have done nothing wrong.
By Chief editor Korir, API.