Flamboyant Bundalangi MP ODM secretary general Ababu Namwamba has been accused of receiving bribes, allocating himself trips abroad and running PAC like his personal property. The suave legislator now faces imminent exit as chairman of the powerful Public Accounts Committee in parliament.
Ababu is said to be in the process of completing the construction of a multi million mansion in his Budalangi backyard from back kicks he has been receiving as chair of PAC. The MP, who has been accused of failing to delegate duties, is said to have started building the palatial house immediately he landed the PAC slot.
Pictures of the ultra modern mansion built from bribes are said to have found their way to parliament. The legislator woes began when, he together with his fellow PAC ‘hyenas’, doctored a probe that cleared loss of billions of shillings from the former Internal Security ministry. Part of the article that appeared on Citizenweekly reads:
The report in favour of Iringo was sneaked in against a section of members.
The controversial report had revealed how senior Internal Security ministry officials used a secret account at National Bank of Kenya to siphon billions of taxpayers’ money from public coffers in the run-up to the 2013 general election.
The report reveals how the Auditor General unearthed the existence of a secret account at National Bank where Sh2.8 billion was wired and spent on items marked as ‘confidential’. At first, Pac wanted officials who have previously served as permanent secretaries in the Internal Security ministry be held responsible for presiding over the scandal but later cleared them.
Francis Kimemia, later the Head of Civil Service and Iringo were the accounting officers in the Internal Security ministry in the year ended June 2013 covered by Pac’s audit report.
What is raising eyebrows is that even as Namwamba cleared the OP-based cartel, Uhuru Kenyatta has personally admitted the existence of powerful cartels in government, including his office, whom he accuses of working at the behest of shadowy investors to fleece the taxpayer. Pac members have appended their signatures in a move to replace their chairman.
The trouble for Namwamba is that the plot to oust him is being pushed by both Jubilee and Cord MPs and as such he is an isolated man. Pac according to parliamentary standings must be chaired by an opposition MP.
Ababu has now turned to William Ruto who is said to have bankrolled him during the botched ODM national polls that was invaded by the infamous men in black.
Those who have been lined to replace the Budalangi MP are Edick Anyanga, Junet Mohamed, Ahmed Abbas and Manson Nyamweya.
The following are the Committee’s full membership. Namwamba (chairperson), Mbarire, (vice chairperson), Joseph Manje, Jude Njomo, Joel Onyancha, Kareke Mbuiki, Gonzi Rai, Julius Melly, Jackson Rop, James Bett, Fathia Mahbub, Mathias Robi, Stephen Manoti, John Sakwa, Arthur Odera, Edick Omondi Anyanga, Junet Sheikh Nuh, John Mbadi, Kyengo Maweu.
Silvance Osele, Manson Nyamweya, Alice Chae, Mwadime Andrew, Abass Ibrahim, Geni Mong’are and Jessica Mbalu.