Jitters in ODM as Ababu secretly records Raila
08 March 2015, 10:21
Nairobi - There are jitters and heavy tension within the Orange Democratic Movement ODM after the revelation that Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba recorded party leader Raila Odinga and other MPs in a bid to save himself from his woes in parliament.
It has been revealed that the MP recorded a secret meeting between him and Raila as well as other MPs where the discussion was on the controversial accusations taking place over corruption and bribery allegations at the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee PAC.
The other MPs in the recording are said to be Junet Mohammed of Suna East and Samuel Arama of Nakuru Town West.
In the recording, which News24 has in its possession, the MPs claim that they are aware members of the PAC were bribed by a senior civil servant in-order to help clear his/her name from corruption allegations.
The MPs tell Raila in the recording that the MP pocketed KES 1.5 million as did other PAC members.
Ababu is said to have recorded the conversation using his mobile phone.
The Budalangi MP is heard stating that his problems with the PAC are all down to a plot by the Jubilee coalition to kill him as an entity and taint his name.
Further, the secret conversation is set to be tabled before the Powers and Privileges Committee which has been handed the task of investigating the apparent bribery and corruption within the PAC by Speaker Justin Muturi.
The PAC was last week suspended and its activities put on hold pending the investigations over bribery.
And the Budalangi MP all but confirmed that he had the recording in his posession Saturday, stating that he would not be hounded out of office and his name destroyed without a fight.
" I have the recording. It is my evidence and I will use it to defend my name. I have no issue leaving the PAC but my concern is my name. My reputation matters most and I will defend it to the end," he told News24.
The existence of the recording is said to have angered Raila, though he has yet to comment on it officially, choosing to see if Ababu will present it before parliament as he has threatened to.
" Raila is aware that the video exists. He feels it is a breach of trust but is waiting to see if it will actually be presented before the house," an aide close to the former Prime Minister that did not want to be named told News24.
Ababu has also complained that he has not received enough support from ODM as a party and the larger CORD coalition and says he has been abandoned to fight the allegations on his own.
The chicken it seems will come to roost Monday as investigations on the PAC start in earnest.
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