By Calvin Osiemo
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has made real his threats by suing the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)for linking the Cord co-principal to the British American Tobacco (BAT) Scandal. Through its program ‘Panorama’ BBC reported that Wetangula solicited an airline ticket to London for his wife. Wetangula is accused of having received the bribe in 2012 when he was the Minister of Trade in order to sabotage anti-smoking laws in the country.
Wetangula has since distanced himself from the allegations saying he hasn’t had any dealings with the company. Jubilee MPs want Wetangula to step aside, following the damning allegations. The MPs also want the ethics and anti corruption commission to investigate senator Wetangula over the claims.
“I did not receive any ticket or any money… I never had dealings with BAT.” Said Wetangula.
Whistleblower Paul Hopkins admitted to BBC as the one responsible for dishing out bribes to Politicians in Kenya and Africa at large to ensure that no competition thrived against BAT.
“I was a commercial hitman. My job was to ensure that competition never got a breathing space. BAT is bribing people, and I’m facilitating it. The reality is if… they have to break the rules, they will break the rules,” Hopkins told BBC.
Mr. Wetangula through his lawyer James Orengo on Tuesday successfully managed to obtain a court order barring BBC from continued linking of Wetangula to the scandal until a defamation case filed under a certificate of urgency by the senator is heard. Justice Nicolas Ombija directed that the case be heard on 7th January 2016.
Senator Orengo said the malicious claims by the BBC have tainted Wetagula’s image an his political rivals are using the opportunity to torment the politician.
By Calvin Osiemo