Embattled Namwamba to know his fate next week
25 March 2015, 08:15
Nairobi – Embattled Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chair, Ababu Namwamba and some members of his committee said to have been bribed will know their fate next week.
Their fate lies in the report to be tabled in the National Assembly by the Powers and Privileges Committee that has completed its investigations into claims that some MPs including Namwamba received bribes from some State officers to doctor audited ministerial reports.
The probing committee is faced with an uphill task of establishing between facts and fiction from the evidence gathered during the investigation exercise particularly after every member who was summoned strongly denied the allegations.
Namwamba reappeared before the committee to clarify a number of contradictory evidence it received from various persons questioned.
The contradictory evidence the committee received includes an alleged mobile phone conversation between Namwamba and Security PS. Mutea Iringo who is at the center of PAC’s bribery allegations using Kesses MP, James Bett gadget.
Namwamba insists that there was conversation while Iringo denied the claims Monday when he appeared before the probing committee.
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Namwamba walked out of the Moses Cheboi led committee lauded its proper manner of investigations and declared that he is innocent.
“I’m happy that the committee has conducted itself in a professional manner and that its report will to separate truth from fiction,” said Namwamba after reappearing before the closed door session of the Powers and Privileges Committee.
“There is nothing to be exonerated from. I have not felt cornered at all. I have always insisted that the truth will come out,” he added.
The probe committee is expected to table its report next week after the expiry of the 21-day window within which it was expected to have completed its work.
“There is a rule that you do not preempt debate. We should respect the committee and allow it to do its work,” said Namwamba.
Although the investigations target the entire PAC, much focus has been put on Namwamba following an earlier attempt by members to kick him out of his chairmanship position through a vote of no confidence.
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