• Orwoba said the Senate only charged her over retaliation.
• She noted that despite repeatedly asking for travel reports, she has never received any.
Nominated Senator Gloria Orwoba now claims that she was not given a chance by the Senate to give her side of the story.
In a video seen by the Star, Orwoba who is currently out of the country said the Senate only charged her over retaliation, but not a chance to defend herself.
She claimed that despite repeatedly asking for travel reports, which form part of evidence of her allegations, she has never received any.
"Powers and Privilege committee did not invite me to give my part of the story. What they did is they charged me for complaining in retaliation. I have repeatedly asked for evidence. In fact, my latest one is a letter I wrote saying that Senate has to release a Travel report," she said.
Orwoba claimed the Senate brought the motion to have her suspended because they knew she was away and would not get a chance to defend herself.
"What I don't understand is Senate is aware that I am not there but they brought the motion. They knew that I would not get my 15 minutes to discuss this, and that is what is upsetting.
"Why couldn't Senate wait until I'm back and put it on the order paper? Why did they take it out of parliament when I was in parliament? When I was in parliament the motion was adjourned and I was told it would be dealt with outside parliament. I have to speak up. I'm a whistle-blower and this is what I get for it but that's okay," Orwoba added.
Orwoba was suspended from the Senate and Parliament precincts on Wednesday for six months.
This was after the House adopted the Powers and Privileges Committee report tabled on August 10 which recommended her suspension for failing to appear before it to substantiate claims she made against her colleagues on corruption and sexual harassment.
The motion to debate the report was moved on Wednesday and the House adopted it via a majority vote, upholding the decision to suspend her.