Jubilee not yet finished with Ababu, MPs warn
27 February 2015, 14:06
Nairobi - The battle for the control of the Public Accounts Committee PAC is not yet over, MPs have told chairman Ababu Namwamba.
Namwamba 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.
Namwamba has accused the Jubilee coalition of trying its best to spoil his name and called the impeachment motion a witch-hunt, but MPs who spoke to News24 in the aftermath of the motion said that it would not end there.
The Budalang'i MP is accused of bribery and corruption.
MPs who are part of the PAC but did not want to be named, told News24 that the issue is not close to being over.
" This is not over. We will restrategize and come back. He has to answer for the misappropriations at hand," a member allied to the Jubilee coalition said.
Another termed the failed impeachment a lucky escape for Namwamba and said that they would continue to keep him on toes.
" It was a lucky escape for him, but we will keep him on his toes from here going forward," The MP added.
Another was critical of Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire for abstaining from voting. Her failed vote would have made the difference for the team seeking impeachment.
" I do not know why she abstained but it has raised eyebrows," another MP said, terming her absence the game changer in the end.
In total, 4 MPs did not vote, two abstaining and two being absent from proceedings.
Namwamba 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.
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