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Ruto responds to claims of bribing MPs each Ksh 1M to support finance bill

Ruto dismisses claims of bribing MPs each Ksh 1M to support the controversial finance bill 2023.

On Tuesday, June 20, President William Ruto refuted reports that he paid each Member of Parliament Ksh1 million in exchange for their support of the Finance Bill 2023. 

The President stated during the Roysambu Primary School, Nairobi, opening of the Nairobi County School Feeding Program that the rumors were spread by his enemies, who he accused of plotting to sabotage the government’s mission.

Ruto added that since lawmakers were eager to help the government increase revenue collection, there was no need to provide incentives for them to support the proposed tax measures. 

“There are rumours that MPs were paid Ksh1 million to support the Finance Bill. These are lies. An intelligent person doesn’t need to be bribed to do the right thing. So I want to ask those propagating lies that we don’t want any sideshows. We want to move on as a country,” Ruto confirmed. 

The President maintained that it was insincere for leaders to oppose the Finance Bill, which was the gateway to providing job opportunities and 200,000 houses annually. 

He reiterated that the Bill sought to alleviate key societal issues, including unemployment and promoting local businesses.

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While delivering her speech, Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris vouched for the bill and hailed the Kenya Kwanza administration for offering a solution for the country to become self-reliant.

“Kenyans know that life will be difficult but after suffering for a short while, our country will move forward. We must be self-reliant, we must pay our taxes and build Kenya. That’s why I’m commending the government for looking for money and working to get us out of debt,” she stated.

Opting to deviate away from politics, Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja advocated for the school feeding program – noting that the plan would offer meals to many school-going children who lacked food.

“It is sad that children are forced to stay at home because they are too weak to walk to school because they missed a meal at home, especially, in the evening,” he stated. 

During the Second Reading, 176 MPs voted in favour, and 81 voted against it. In the Third Reading, MPs will vote on proposed amendments before the Bill is signed into law. 

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