By Calvin Osiemo
Narc-Kenya leader and former justice minister Martha Karua has strongly dismissed claims linking her to the British Amerircan Tobbaco scandal. The Independent, a British publication reported that Mr. Paul Hopkins gave Ms.Karua £50,000 equivalent to KSh7.5 million on behalf of BAT in order to have access to crucial papers concerning an anti-tobbacco smuggling tender. Ms Karua through her lawyer Gitobu Imanyara has accused the Independent for not taking Karua’s side of the story before publishing the story. Mr. Imanyara has said they are initiating a process of suing the publication for not carrying Karua’s response.
“The journalist did not wait for the answers to the set of questions they gave us. I undertook that the questions would be answered that evening or the following morning. What surprised us is immediately they ran the story without the answers they had asked for. This raises the query about the motivation and conduct of a professional journalist of a leading British newspaper,” said Mr Imanyara.
However, Karua has confirmed that indeed she received sh 2 million from Hopkins for her a 2013 campaigns. The 2013 presidential aspirant said Mr. Hopkins introduced himself as a businessman and Karua was accepting funds for her campaigns through which she met Hopkins briefly to thank him for the donation.
The Serious Fraud Office, the UK police unit has commenced investigations on the matter in which Karua has said is ready to be investigated by any agency in order to acquit off the claims.
“I personally welcome investigations into BAT illegal activities by SFO and local authorities. I will cooperate fully with all investigations whether locally or abroad. I have nothing to hide. As Kenyans we must ask what was the full extent of BAT donations in the 2013 General Election and to which parties or persons as they evidently were an active campaign contributor” she said.
The Independent reported that BAT gained access to the documents and was able to manipulate them in order to have a rival company blocked from winning the said tender