Ababu blames Jubilee MPs for impeachment woes
27 February 2015, 12:45
Nairobi - Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba says that Jubilee MPs are on a witch-hunt to discredit him and spoil his name and says he will not be cowed by their actions.
Ababu barely survived impeachment as chairman of the very powerful parliamentary Public Accounts Committee PAC Thursday, with an impeachment motion to kick him out of the role just about failing to go through.
In the end, one vote was the difference between him retaining his position and losing it, as the ones for his impeachment got 13 votes, to 14 who either were against his impeachment or chose not to vote.
Parliamentary rules state that a clear majority of over half the voting numbers, in this case 14, must prevail in such scenarios to force through impeachment.
Speaking after the failed attempt, Ababu stated that he had no hard feelings but decried the fact that there was a witch-hunt seeking to spoil his name.
" There is clearly a plot by those in government to discredit and spoil the good name of Ababu Namwamba," he said of the escapade.
" It is good that there are some that have seen above the lies peddled about me but it is saddening that we can allow such a a disservice to take place.
" I am stronger than ever and will continue to work for the public and the nation. Nothing will stop me, he added.
Ababu has been accused of bribery and corruption, with some members of the Committee apparently pointing to his huge mansion in Budalang'i as proof that he has been up to no good.
Ababu is the current Orange Democratic Movement ODM Secretary General and is seen to be angling for a future crack at the presidency under the party's banner.
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