Ababu Namwamba ‘steps aside’ for PAC corruption probe

Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba has ‘stepped aside’ as PAC chairman pending the conclusion of a corruption probe against its members.

Ababu said in a letter to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi on Tuesday that the move is in line with his support for the anti-graft war.

He noted that members of the suspended PAC have been mentioned in the EACC graft report for allegedly receiving a Sh1.5 million bribe to expunge Defense PS Mutea Iringo from it.

“I do this well aware that I have not been named as an individual but I consider the probe of PAC members to be a probe into the integrity of all 26 of us,” he said.

In the letter copied to the EACC, he sought excusal from attending all House sessions and participating in of the House Committee on Administration and National Security.

He further asked to be excused from any activities of the PAC and participating in any other business of the House and its committees.

Ababu said he was ready to share with the EACC all the information he submitted to the Powers and Privileges committee. He said he is confident that he will be vindicated.

This comes hours after the committee tabled documents in Parliament recommending the dissolution and fresh constitution of the PAC.

It was proposed that Ababu, Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire, Nyatike MP Edick Anyanga and Kesses lawmaker James Bett be left out of the new PAC.

The proposal is yet to be debated.

– the-star.co.ke

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