Ababu 'steps aside'
31 March 2015, 18:43
Nairobi - Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba has taken leave from parliamentary duties saying he will heed the call by president Uhuru Kenyatta to step aside and allow investigations over corruption allegations.
The MP has been embroiled in serious allegations over his role with the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee PAC where as chairman he has been accused of overseeing bribery to doctor reports on corruption.
He has denied the said allegations but in coming with the call by president Kenyatta for senior officials in government to quit and await investigations by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision EACC, he has agreed to do so.
" To affirm my unequivocal support for the historic anti-corruption
drive initiated by his Excellency the President in his State of The
Nation Address 2015, I hereby seek your permission to be excused from
all my parliamentary duties pending conclusion of the said probe,” read
the statement from the MP.
Ababu stated that he has copied the letter to the EACC in a bid to show his willingness and readiness to share with them all information submitted to the Powers and Privileges Committee.
Among the roles that the ODM Secretary
General has asked to be excused from are participation in activities of
the House Committee on Administration and National Security, engagement
in any activities of the suspected Public Accounts Committee and
participating in any other business of the House and its committees.
Ababu as well as his 27 member strong PAC was suspended following accusations that he took a bribe to water down a report
touching on alleged misappropriation of funds at the Office of the
The EACC report which was tabled Tuesday stated that members of the PAC had accepted a bribe of KES 1.5 million bribe from a government official said to be Defence PS Mutea Iringo who has also stepped aside.
He becomes the first MP to quit office and will thus put pressure on the rest mentioned in the report to follow suit.
Thus far, 22 senior public officials have resigned from office pending investigations.
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