NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26 – Ababu Namwamba has survived a no-confidence vote as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) after members opposed to his leadership failed to marshal the support of at least 14 MPs in a stormy sitting on Thursday morning.
Only 13 of the 26 committee members supported his ouster, while nine voted to retain him as their chairman. The vote would have succeeded if it had the support of more than half of the committee members.
Some committee members did not attend the special sitting that had been convened by the Clerk of the National Assembly to vote on the censure bid.
The parliamentary watchdog has been rocked by claims that some of its members have been taking bribes to change some of its investigative reports.
Among the controversial assignments that have been handled by Namwamba’s committee include the probe on the Sh25 million hiring of a luxury jet for use by Deputy President William Ruto and his entourage of 15 on a tour of four African countries.
Committee members seeking his ouster had filed a no-confidence motion accusing him of taking bribes and doctoring committee reports.
The MPs who signed a petition supporting the motion said they intended to oust Namwamba on the grounds of “serious bribery allegations touching on the integrity of the chairman and conduct of members of the committee”.
In the petition dated February 19 copied to Namwamba and the Clerk of the National Assembly, the legislators alleged their chairman doctors committee reports, leaks information to the media, high-handedness and bribery.
They cited when the committee was scrutinising the Auditor-General’s Report on the 2012/2013 financial year, which highlighted unexplained expenditure at the Ministry of Provincial Administration and State House as an example of when Namwamba could have been ‘persuaded’ to change the outcome.
Among the controversial assignments that have been handled by Namwamba’s committee include the probe on the Sh25 million hiring of a luxury jet for Deputy President William Ruto and his entourage of 15 on a tour of four African countries.
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