MPs in sex SMS saga were not in Uhuru Japan entourage
PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta has distanced his official delegation from the infamous Japan trip sex scandal in which one MP demanded sexual favours from another.
Uhuru set the record straight, emphasising that the MPs – members of the Defence and Foreign Affairs Committee – were on separate parliamentary business and their sex saga should not be linked to his official delegation’s “successful” bilateral talks with the Japanese government.
Turbo MP Elisha Busienei allegedly became belligerent towards Taveta Women’s Representative Joyce Lay, for refusing his sexual advances during the trip.
“These trips were totally separate,” State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu clarified yesterday. “So there should be no reference [linking] the President’s trip and the MPs’ delegation.”
Busienei is said to have insulted the Taveta MP and slammed a door in her face before the latter escalated the storm to the committee’s WhatsApp group.
“I refuse someone’s sexual advances and he abuses me. You call it mere misunderstanding Hon. Chris?? Unbelievable!! Please don’t make it worse! I have stopped because the chair said so,” an agitated Lay told Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa.
Speaking during a media briefing at State House yesterday, Esipisu said that President Kenyatta only met the MPs for 10 minutes on the last day of his trip to Japan.
A tough-talking Esipisu said that the President expects justice in the rape case involving Imenti Central MP Gideon Mwiti Irea and a female accuser, a former journalist.
There is outrage that the MP has not been arrested several days after the incident was reported, amid fears that he could use his influential position to dodge justice.
But Esipisu said that the law must take its course and the President expects thorough investigations into the matter.
“The law must take its course, irrespective of the position of the person involved,” he told journalists. “However, there must be due process.”
Medical tests conducted on the woman indicated that she may have been have sexually assaulted.
The report shows that there were soft tissue injuries on the lips, cheeks, abdomen and chest, all signs “secondary to physical assault”.
The two sex scandals have further dented the image of a parliament that is already grappling with serious corruption allegations.
Uhuru is set to deliver the State of the Nation address today in Parliament and his anti-graft strategies are likely to dominate his speech.
Manoah said that Uhuru’s speech will tackle a range of issues within this financial year.“His address will take the year in context,” he stated.