Raila allowed Ababu to record him
19 March 2015, 18:33
Nairobi - Orange Democratic Movement ODM leader Raila Odinga says that he allowed Ababu Namwamba to record him in the acrimonious secret tape that has threatened to divide the party.
A report carried on the Star Newspaper claimed that the ODM leader agreed to the Budalangi MP recording their conversation and eventually presenting it before a parliamentary Committee to clear his name of corruption charges.
News24 sought to find out the credibility of the reports and some members of the party who spoke on condition of anonymity said that Raila had brushed off the whole incident.
" He admitted that he was open to the recording because it would help clear the air on matters corruption and help his Secretary General get rid of the charges, the senior party member said.
Raila is also said to have confirmed in a National Executive Council NEC meeting Wednesday that he had allowed Ababu to take the recording.
Last week, Raila had said that he has nothing to do with corruption and that if the tape would help clear matters on hand in parliament, then so be it.
That said, analysts believe that the apparent allowing of Ababu to take the recording is a Public Relations stunt by the party.
" Did you expect Raila to disagree? It would not be a good move to basically disown his Secretary General, would it?, political analyst Michael Njenga feels.
" The only card to play is to accept and move on. It will be interesting to see if he admits in public, he added.
Ababu is set to re-appear before the Moses Cheboi led Powers and Privileges Committee next week to shed more light into corruption in the Public Accounts Committee PAC.
The PAC has been suspended over bribery allegations centering on current Defence PS Mutea Iringo.
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