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MPs got huge kickbacks to kill gambling Bill, claims mover Midiwo

The Bill was defeated, Midiwo claimed, after MPs received gifts from cartels working in cahoots with the sector at Serena Hotel in Nairobi. The MP told Radio Mayienga: “I was shocked to be left alone during the tabling of the motion in parliament after MPs pocketed Sh200,000 each."

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 21 Dec 2016 14:50 EAT

Members of Parliament are again on the spot after being accused of receiving a bribe of Sh200,000 each to shoot down a bill before the House. Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo, who is also the deputy minority leader in the National Assembly, has claimed that his colleagues were bribed to shoot down a bill he had introduced in the house to regulate betting and gambling in Kenya.

The Betting and Gambling Bill was defeated, Midiwo claimed, after MPs received gifts from cartels working in cahoots with the sector at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi. The MP told Radio Mayienga, which broadcasts in Dholuo: “I was shocked to be left alone during the tabling of the motion in parliament after MPs pocketed Sh200,000 each from people who rented rooms at Serena Hotel.”

The MP promised in the radio programme that he would re-introduce the bill for debate, and that this time around he would ensure it goes through. He said his Bill enjoyed popular public support, just like the recent amendment to the Banking Act and Central Bank Act requiring interest rates caps, which was defeated many times before it was eventually passed into law this year.

"This Bill has reached the maturity stage," he said, declaring that the country was ready for regulation of betting. The interest rates law was incidentally first moved by Mr Midiwo's predecessor Joe Donde, who was the MP for Gem between 1997-2002. “The bill was frustrated for years, but when its time came it passed with ease," he said.

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