Suba MP John Mbadi and his Nyakach counterpart Aduma Owuor have called for the disbandment of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee citing alleged corruption.
The two ODM legislators made the sentiments during the burial of Homa Bay nominated County Rep Selestine Owidi at Atela High school in Kabondo Kasipul constituency on Saturday.
They said the image of the committee had been tainted by serious allegations of has therefore compromised the integrity of Parliament.
Mbadi claimed that a number of PAC members were compromised through corrupt deals and were not fit to serve in the committee.
â€œIt is true that the image of PAC is tainted through corruption. There are serious allegations of corruption gripping the committee as a number of its members including its key leaders have been compromised in one way or the other,â€ Mbadi said.
â€œPAC must be resolved to redeem the image of Parliament. Our legislation work should not be put to test through mere corruption cases,â€ he added
He called on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the allegations reported in PAC.
Mbadi said they should not be faulted for not taking part in the vote of no confidence process to oust PAC chair Ababu Namwamba arguing that the process was already politicized and flawed with serious allegations.
Aduma Owuor said that the alleged corruption in PAC was undermining the moral authority of Parliament adding that they will appeal to have it disbanded.
â€œThe integrity of the whole house is paramount. We will make an appeal as a party to disband the whole PAC. We cannot rely on those members who have been compromised to continue serving in this team, we will ensure it is fully reconstituted for the betterment of service delivery to the public,â€ Owuor said.
He said the allegations leveled against PAC chair Namwamba undermined not only his integrity but also that of ODM party as a whole.
The legislators said they will lead in introducing an amendment in Parliament aimed at reducing the powers of the Communication regulator CAK in order to protect Kenyans right to access information.
By the STAR