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Namwamba’s audio recording a blackmail, says MP

19 March 2015, 08:55 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – An MP implicated in the corruption scandal facing Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has denied claims linking him to the saga terming them as mere and wild.

Nyatike MP, Edick Anyanga also a member of PAC, dismissed the infamous audio recording by the committee’s chair, Ababu Namwamba and described it “full of hearsay” and one that cannot stand the legal provisions in Evidence Act.

Anyanga who re-appeared before the National Assembly Powers and Privileges Committee probing corruption claims in PAC maintained that Namwamba produced the audio recording to blackmail and subvert the law, customs and procedures of Parliament.

 “A proper confession cannot be obtained in sordid circumstances where an invisible and secret trap is laid. It is a disgrace and a violation of the integrity and dignity of an individual living in a free society,” said Anyanga.

“It serves no purpose in law or morality. It is a self serving enterprise of a person who believes in romanticized escapades and adventure of a Sherlock Holmes or James Bond,” he added.

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Responding to allegations of soliciting money from Defense PS, Mutea Iringo in the name of Namwamba to doctor the report findings about the ministry’s massive corruption, Anyanga denied ever having met Iringo. His denial contradicts with Namwamba’s claims in the audio recording where he revealed the two met for the deal at Silver Springs Hotel in Nairobi.  

 “The recording cannot serve as evidence.The allegations are a fantasy in the face of Samuel Arama’s denials,” said Anyanga.

He claimed the recording was a “fantasy and figment” of Namwamba’s imaginations to falsely involve innocent PAC members in the saga for his escape. 

The Powers and Privileges Committee is summoning every MP implicated in the saga to respond to its questions before coming up with a final report to be tabled in Parliament for debate.

It is expected that action will be taken against the MPs who will be found guilty as per the House's Standing Orders. 

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