Suna East MP and ODM Party operative Junet Mohamed has been caught on camera collecting and demanding for a bribe from Mombasa-based industrialist and multibillionaire Mohammed Jaffer.
According to Excerpts of a video clip leaked to Kenyan News Day, the influential MP was secretly recorded on various occasions visiting the tycoon at his Nyali mansion and collecting large amount of cash which our source revealed was for his acceptance to be used as a middle-man to bribe state officials to get protection for Jaffer and his companies which are said to owe billions of shillings in tax arrears.
Junet reportedly assured Jaffer that he would use his connections to ODM leader Raila Odinga and Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho to ensure KRA do not place sanctions on Jaffer or any of his trading firms.
Over a period of two years Mohammed Jaffer has been recording high ranking government officials and MPs who usually visit his residence to obtain cash. During this period our source revealed Junet had collected an estimated Sh100 million in protection and bribery money from the unassuming billionaire.
Kenyan News Day was authoritavely informed that unknown to Junet and other guests; Jaffer’s residence, offices and cars are all wired with sophisticated audio-visual recording equipment that picks all his interactions.
Among those recorded collecting kickbacks by Jaffer’s highly trained security staff over the past one year are Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi and his Treasury counterpart Yukur Attani.
Junet won Jaffer’s trust after he managed to rope in the KRA Commissioner General Githii Mburu as well as the National Intelligence Service Director General Philip Kameru on whose behalf he has regularly collected tens of millions to give to the two as protection money and to help resolve Jaffer’s tax issues.
The explosive bribery revelations come amidst the backdrop of reports of KRA missing its tax collection target for the five months to November 2020 by Sh100.72 billion compared with a similar period in 2019.
The country find itself in tough economic climate having agreed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) preconditions for loan in which the government of Kenya pledged to increase tax collection.
This is aimed at reducing the country’s debt vulnerabilities, with Kenya’s risk to debt default now categorised as “high” by the IMF and the World Bank
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