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PAC set for dissolution, members asked to apologize

01 April 2015, 10:54 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee has proposed that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) be dissolved and a new team be set up.

According to the committee, PAC should be dissolved immediately and a new team be formed following claims that members of the committee received bribes to doctor reports.

The National Assembly Powers and Privileges Committee chair, Moses Cheboi (Kuresoi North MP) who tabled the report in the House has also recommended members who accused others of unsubstantiated bribery claims to apologize failure to which they risk suspension from the House for four days.

PAC members asked to apologize include Namwamba who was the committee’s chair, Ahamed Abass (Ijara MP), James Bett (Keses MP) and Edick Anyanga (Nyatike MP).

“The House resolves to rescind its resolutions of 16th May, 2013 and 8th October, 2013 on the appointment of Members of the Public Accounts Committee and requires the Committee on Selection to nominate, within seven days, for consideration by the House, another list of membership of the Public Accounts Committee,” reads part of the Powers and Privileges report recommendation.   

However, the probing committee recommends that in reconstituting PAC members, no member from the Powers and Privileges Committee should be nominated in PAC to be a beneficiary of its dissolution.

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The Cheboi-led committee also bars the disgruntled PAC members Namwamba, Abass, Bett, Anyanga and Cecily Mbarire (vice chair) who were mostly linked to the alleged bribery claims from being nominated to the accounting committee.

“In order to preserve the ongoing work of the Committee, the House orders that the Committee on Selection nominates at least six of the Majority and Minority coalitions and that papers, including draft reports, minutes, Hansard record and briefs belonging to the previous Public Accounts Committee are safeguarded for handing over to the reconstituted committee,” recommends the report.

Cheboi has asked the House to involve other investigative agencies in the country such as the anti-corruption commission to ascertain the truth in reported bribery claims because his committee restrained itself to the MPs’ guaranteed privileges within the precincts of Parliament.  

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