Migori’s Suna East legislator Junnet Mohammed has reacted furiously after The Star newspaper erroneously reported that he is among MPs who voted to eject Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba from the chairing Public Accounts Committee of parliament.
“Those who voted in Namwambaâ€™s support, according Mbadi, included Sakwa Bunyasi (Jubilee, Nambale), Joseph Manje (Jubilee, Kajiado North) and Manson Nyamweya (Cord, South Mugirango).
The others are Jessica Mbalu (Cord, Kibwezi East), Katatha Maweu (Independent, Kangundo), Charles Geni (Cord, North Mugirango), and Alice Chae (Cord, Nyamira County Womenâ€™s Rep).
Other Cord MPs in the committee, such as Junet Mohamed (Suna East) and Mohamed Abbas (Ijara) may have voted with the Jubilee side to remove Namwamba against the directive of their party leader that they support the embattled chairman”.
Junet voted with other CORD MPs to save the embattled Budalangi MP. The only ODM Mp voted to sack Namwamba was Nyatike MP Omondi Anyanga. In fact, among the initial three ODM MPs who had signed up the petition to vote on the issue, two other ODM MPs Mohammed Abbas and Andrew Mwadime also boycotted the vote.
Reacting to the reports, the Suna East MP has told the newspaper to stop duping its readers and retract the false report however indicating he won’t demand that they legally apologize.
“I have read a report by The Star newspaper this morning stating that I was among those who voted to oust Public Accounts Committee Chair Hon. Ababu Namwamba during yesterday’s committee meeting. I voted to keep Hon. Namwamba on his seat. I have learnt to keep my loyalties to our party and its cause in my mind at all times and cannot be used to further the political ends of those who have issues with the Hon. Namwamba. However, the Star falsification offends me at personal level because I have allowed journalists from this particular media house to access me at anytime and many have often called me to inquire far less trivial issues than this vote. Human decency, if not their own journalistic standards, would have demanded that if they didn’t know how I voted they would have called me to get the facts. The Star knew how I VOTED but chose to peddle an obvious lie. While I will not ask for apologies, I do urge them to retract their reporting and stop duping their readers.Â Kind Regards”, posted Junet on his Facebook page.