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You can’t maintain your seat in Parliament if you’re not corrupt – Cletus Avoka

Zebilla Member of Parliament Cletus Avoka blames the alleged corruption in parliament on the people and constituents’ demand for things that aren’t fair for parliamentarians to grant.

The MP emphasized the difficulties faced by lawmakers as a result of frequent demands for funding in an interview with Starr FM.

Avoka revealed that it is nearly hard for MPs to refrain from participating in corrupt operations due to public demands.

He made the observation that a lot of MPs find themselves utilizing their positions more for business than for their legislative responsibilities.

Avoka emphasized that the financial strains MPs endure—such as requests for reimbursement for medical costs, contributions to weddings, and school fees—contribute to the public’s view of corruption and called for understanding from the media.

“Everyday MoMo. Everyday MoMo. Somebody is sick and has to go to the hospital, you have to send money, somebody is going to do a wedding you have to send money, they are going to do outdooring, they are asking for you. They are asking for school fees and whatnot.

“Many of us lose the election or Primaries not because we are not doing well but because we’re not giving money out. How do you give money out if you come and stay in parliament for 8 hours debating? You’re debating for 5 or 8 hours, you go home in the evening to sleep, and the following day you have no money to send. You have to go out and look for the money.”

“If I’m not corrupt, how can I maintain my seat? You have to be corrupt in one way or another. You have to look for more resources. If you have to look for more resources, you have to go out and do some work for a contractor. As a lawyer, maybe prepare a bill, or do this and that and whatnot? So I have half attention here, and half attention outside because I need more resources to be able to maintain my seat.”