The Gem Member of Parliament, Elisha Odhiambo on Thursday denied offering bribes to voters despite attending a party at the home of a radio presenter as the country prepared for the last general elections.
Odhiambo told the High Court in Siaya that he gave a donation of soda and sh. 100/- each to those who attended the party as gifts and not bribes during the event which was held at the home of Felix Oduor alias Jalang’o in Khwisero constituency that borders Gem.
The legislator, who was in the witness box dismissed a video played in court by a witness showing him dishing out sh. 100/- notes during the occasion which was held on December 25, 2016 as malicious, adding that he visited Jalang’o as his personal friend.
I did not induce the voters since the home is in neighbouring Khwisero constituency, he said while being cross examined by his lawyer, Dismas Wakla, adding that he gave each attendant sh. 100/- as Christmas gift.
He was testifying in a case where former legislator, Jakoyo Midiwo has filed a petition challenging his election. The case is being heard by High Court Judge, Esther Maina.
However, the petitioner’s legal team maintained that the legislator visited the area to solicit for votes given its proximity to Gem and that some people in the area are registered as voters in Gem.
Odhiambo was however, hard pressed to explain why Roselyn Awiti, Jalang’o’s mother was a registered voter in North Gem ward and even casted her vote. He explained that the woman could have changed her polling centre later.
The legislator said the elections were done above board and there were no cases of bribery or violence and intimidations.
Source: Kenya News Agency