Letter to the speaker by Ababu Namwamba
I submit that the crucial Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been taken hostage by five distinct interests:
1. Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC):
This week PAC was scheduled to commence open hearings on procurement of 5 sets of equipment used in the 2013 general elections. Chairman Mr. Isaack Hassan was listed as the first witness to appear before the Committee, to testify based on a special audit report prepared for PAC by the Auditor General and reports of independent preliminary inquiries conducted by the Committee.
For some reasons, IEBC-linked interests are scared dead of having me in the chair as we commence this crucial process. They have hatched a plot to remove me and install a puppet chair that would cause them no â€œheadacheâ€. Their choice is Ijara MP, Hon Ahmed Abbas, and for obvious reasons. Majority Leader Aden Duale is reportedly at the heart of this conspiracy.
2. The Judiciary
The eruption of this saga was triggered by the Judiciary inquiry. Among the key Committee agenda for the week commencing February 16th, 2015 was to conclude the long-delayed report on expenditure impropriety in the Judiciary. With past games played by clerk George Gezemba in respect of draft reports, and the posturing of some members over this matter, it is certain that some very powerful forces are hell-bent on influencing the report in a particular direction. Those forces obviously do not trust I will play ball with them.
3. Office of the President (OP)
President Uhuru Kenyatta is on record for admitting that corruption is endemic in government, with its tentacles firmly anchored at OP. The PAC report on governmentâ€™s 2012/13 accounts clearly demonstrates this, particularly through the Committeeâ€™s exposÃ© on the so called â€œConfidential Expenditureâ€. The Lords of graft and impunity have been shaken to the bone marrow by this exposure, which is the first time ever. Their panic is further manifest in efforts to tie the hands of the Auditor General through the Audit Bill 2014, whose shamefully unconstitutional provisions like clause 40 are tailor made to protect their theft from ever again being audited and scrutinised by PAC. This matter gets murkier by revelations that OP mandarins, through PS Mutea Iringo, bribed some members of the Committee to influence the PAC report. That their evil scheme failed has upset them. They have now brought pressure to bear on their marionettes in the Committee. Who in turn must remove me to demonstrate that they have dealt with the â€œobstacleâ€.
4. Jubilee and ODM/CORD political intrigues.
Internal ODM/CORD feuds and supremacy wars have somehow found a perfect point of confluence with Jubilee interests of killing oversight in the National Assembly. The result is a crippled PAC with irreparably damaged public image.
5. Systemic institutional weaknesses in the Kenya National Assembly
The conduct of clerk George Gezemba could be a microcosm of a deep-sited institutional crisis that has serious implications on integrity and ethical image of the National Assembly. It is also important to interrogate how PACâ€™s â€œHustlerâ€ Jet Report, concluded and tabled in the House by myself on April 24th, 2014 has never been balloted by the House Business Committee for debate â€“ a whole year since tabling. This is unprecedented. Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale has reportedly vowed that the â€œHustlerâ€ Jet Report will never be debated, because it touched on his boss. I have complained countless times â€“ on the floor of the House, to the Hon Speaker, to Hon Duale, and to the House Business Committee, to no avail. What kind of brinkmanship and impunity is this? What forces exactly control operations of the National Assembly? Who is this that can so casually and cynically decide to trash House rules and traditions with such abandon?
[The above excerpts are in a secret memo to the speaker of the National Assembly by Hon. Ababu Namwamba]