Moses Kuria’s grave allegations on why MPs overwhelmingly voted in support of the BBI bill

Moses Kuria

Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has surfaced with damning allegations hours after the Members of the National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to pass the 2010 constitutional amendment bill.

The vocal DP Ruto ally who opposed the bill alleged that the legislators endorsed the document because they were paid by a senior parliamentary leader whom he declined to name.

Taking to his social media account, the ardent Tanga Tanga ally alleged that the lawmakers were paid Kshs. 100,000 as bribery to pass the bill.

“MPs voting yes currently receiving their KSh.100,000 from the office of a senior parliamentary leader,” Kuria posted on Facebook.

The bill was overwhelmingly passed by a record 224 MPs voting for the bill against 63 who dissented while two abstained.

The bill which is an initiative of President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime minister Raila Odinga proposes for an expanded executive and an additional 70 more constituencies.

During the voting time which commenced minutes to 6 PM, a total of 247 MPs were physically present inside the parliament building, while another 55 who had not physically turned up, registered for the virtual voting during its second reading.

The bill constitutionally required just 175 to move to the committee stage, with the house speaker Muturi announcing that 235 against 83 voting in support of the bill while two opted to abstain allowing it to move to the third reading.

Without further amendments, to it by the MP’s it leaves Senate speaker Keneth Lusaka with a rule on whether the senators could make amendments to it or not, before a final vote.

“At the second stage, there are no amendments that have been proposed. I will make a ruling when the bill gets to the Committee of the Whole House. I am not a speaker by chance. I will give a researched and detailed ruling,” Lusaka said.

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