Ababu’s woes are not a reflection on ODM, Raila says
PAC chairman Ababu Namwamba’s woes have no bearing on ODM, party leader Raila Odinga has said.
Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV’s the Big Question on Tuesday, he noted that the corruption allegations are against individuals.
Raila termed the claims a sign of failed leadership in Parliament.
“There are too many corruption allegations against parliamentary committees. This shows that Parliament, from the speaker going down, is not up to the task,” he said.
“This is a major statement on the executive. The fact that there is too much corruption in Parliament could be an indication that the executive is trying to influence the House.”
He called for an overhaul of all the committees to address the integrity issue.
Raila however said he was aware of the tape played by the embattled Public Accounts Committee chairman at Parliament on March 12.
He said that Ababu made the recordings because he was trying to collect evidence from the committee.
He defended his performance stating that it is difficult for him to perform his functions with a majority of PAC members being from Jubilee.
He said the Budalang’i MP should use all means to fight corruption.
The recording of Ababu and Raila allegedly proves that Defence PS Mutea Iringo bribed four PAC members to expunge his name from the committee’s final report.
Several leaders implicated in the case through it all denied the allegations.
Ababu said no accusation leveled against him required his response.