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Embattled Namwamba sets conditions for his probe

12 March 2015, 08:19 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Embattled Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman, Ababu Namwamba gave several conditions to a Parliamentary committee set to probe him on allegations of corruption before being grilled.

Namwamba who appeared before the Powers and Privileges Committee chaired by Kuresoi MP Moses Cheboi, demanded among other things that the proceedings be conducted in public and his accusers be the first people to appear before the committee for him to be able to provide answers to their allegations.

“I appeared this morning before the Powers and Privileges committee to honour summonses. However, I have raised a number of preliminary objections which the committee has to consider and make a decision before I can substantively appear to handle the matter in question,” said Namwamba at a press conference at Parliament Buildings.

“I have indicated to the probe committee that normal order of doing things is that those who have allegations to make against me should do so first and the committee frames the questions before I can respond to them,” he added.

Namwamba who is also the Budalangi MP said allegations of corruptions against him have drawn public interest thus proposing the entire probe be open to the media and public to ensure there is  accountability, free and fair proceedings.

“Some of the preliminary issues I raised are in the question of public hearing which is close to me.  The House has conducted hearings in the open including when vetting persons to public offices like cabinet secretaries. This probe should be in the open as Kenyans have taken keen interest,” said Namwamba.

He expressed his confidence in the probing committee where he assured of maximum cooperation as per the laid down Parliamentary Standing Orders, customs and traditions.

The PAC’s chair is accused of corruption and altering committee reports to suit those under PAC investigations and raised procedural issues and the question of due process.

However, he has denied the charges, instead shifted the blame to politics within his ODM party where he holds a powerful Secretary General position, his CORD coalition and the ruling Jubilee coalition for his woes.

Namwamba is to appear before the Powers and Privileges Committee on Thursday to respond to corruption claims against him.

Also read: Leave me out of parliamentary issues, Raila says

Addressing the House during debating session, the National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi warned MPs against making any comments relating to the committee’s investigations when the proceedings begin until it tables its report before the floor of the House.

“ Any member commenting on matters before the Committee or making disparaging remarks against their fellow members in whatever forum in breach of the Standing Orders will be held personally responsible and will face the full wrath of the House,” warned Muturi.

He asked members with any relevant information to the investigations to submit it to the Committee or to any government investigative agency.  

Muturi directed the committee to conduct investigation proceedings in camera as per the House Standing Orders 198 and 252 thereafter brief the media on the progress.

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