A member of the Meru county delegation to State House has been accused of disappearing with colleagues’ money that the head of state had provided for their transport and lunch.
Meru County Assembly members claim that an unnamed MP from the county has pocketed KSh 5 million that President Uhuru Kenyatta gave them for their trip expenses.
“Meru MPs go to State House and leave devolution conference going on… With over 5,000 visitors in Meru. They are given KSh 5.5 million and mwagi nthoni, with all his ill-gotten wealth, flees with KSh 5 million,” Martin Bikuri posted on Facebook on Saturday, April 23.
An MCA who attended the event told Daily Nation that they had gone to witness the signing of the Miraa Bill into law after Uhuru announced a 1 billion budgetary allocation to help Miraa farmers from the challenges brought about by the ban of miraa in the European markets.
When they inquired if they would be refunded the money they had spent on the trip, they were told that some MPs had already signed for the same and left.
Out of the KSh 5.5 million that Uhuru apparently gave them for fuel and accommodation expenses, the MCAs told the paper that they only received KSh 500,000. Each of them ended up getting only KSh 6,000 and KSh 7,000.
Igoji West MCA Kaumbuthu Chabari dismissed the reports saying that he was the last to leave State House after the Friday, April 22, meeting yet he never heard of the KSh 5 million.
Chabari said those behind the claims were Senator Kiraitu Murungi, Woman Representative Florence Kajuju and Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi’s political rivals.
Kiraitu Murungi, who led the Meru county delegation to State House, is eyeing to unseat Governor Peter Munya in the 2017 general election.