Finance Act 2023 Petition: Omtatah claims he was offered 200m to withdraw it.
Busia Senator Omtatah has made a claim that he was approached with offers amounting to Ksh. 200 million in exchange for withdrawing the Finance Act 2023 petition.
Speaking at the People’s Anti-Corruption Summit on Tuesday, Omtatah revealed that he rejected these offers, citing his commitment to upholding the integrity of the justice system.
In his speech, Senator Omtatah emphasized that accepting such offers would undermine the principles of justice and fairness.
“We have to ensure that we abide by the law. They believe everyone has a price. Right now if you look at the money I have been offered to withdraw the petition, it has reached 200 million. But I tell them, my price is one, if you can’t govern vacate the office for those who can govern,” Senator Omtatah said.
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Omtatah stated that he would not yield to any attempts to compromise the integrity of the legal process. He reassured the public that his petition against the Finance Act 2023 was motivated by genuine concern for their welfare and the overall economy.
The High Court temporarily suspended the implementation of the Finance Act 2023 on June 30 pending the hearing and determination of Senator Omtatah’s lawsuit.
Subsequently, the state sought to have the court orders lifted. However, in a ruling on July 10, Judge Mugure Thande declined the request to set aside orders that suspended the implementation of the Finance Act 2023.
“The petitioners have proved that they have a prima facie case…there’s merit in granting conservatory orders,” the judge noted.