Kenya’s anti-corruption watchdog is suing seven current and former members of parliament for taking illegal allowances worth $250,000 (£166,000).

Information Minister Samuel Poghisio is accused of taking 2.8m shillings ($35,000, £23,000) in 2006 and 2007. Similar allegations have been filed against the assistant defence minister and five former members of parliament.

Critics say President Mwai Kibaki’s government has done little to stamp out graft in east Africa’s largest economy. “[Mr Poghisio] made improper use of his duties, status and power for personal gain or benefit,” says the suit filed by the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission.

The benefit was “purportedly as an allowance for ‘parliamentary service office holders’, an allowance unknown to the law,” it adds.

Mr Poghisio became a minister earlier this year, when Kenya’s coalition government was formed amid post-election violence.



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