Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba survived a career threatening ouster bid by Jubilee MPs despite 13 members of Parliament’s public accounts committee voting against him.
The 13 legislators could not however raise the required numbers to remove the chair as two MPs abstained while nine, allied to CORD, voted to keep Namwamba on his job.
In the unsuccessful bid, Nyatike MP Omondi Anyanga defied ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga and voted with Jubilee MPs to eject Ababu.
Those who voted to have Ababu out were Â Gonzi Rai (TNA), Joel Onyancha (TNA), Jude Njomo (TNA), Kareke Mbiuki (TNA), Jackson Rop (URP), Julius Melly (URP), James Bett (URP), Arthur Odera(URP), Mathias Robi (URP) Fathia Mahbub (URP), Stephen Manoti (Ford People), Joseph Manje (TNA) and Edick Anyanga (ODM).
Suna East MP Junnet Mohammed led others in saving Ababu but they were outnumbered. Luckily, the victors could not muster the requisite numbers to oust the Budalangi MP, Â which made him retain his seat.
Save for Anyanga, who voted with Jubilee, two other ODM legislators whose votes were vital to remove the PAC chair, but who did not rise to the occasion were Mohammed Abbas and Andrew Mwadime. Cecile Mbarire, the PAC Vice Chair, is also said to have abstained.
Those who voted to save Namwamba included ODM Chairman John Mbadi, MPs Alice Nyanchoka(ODM), Manson Nyamweya(ODM), Charles Geni(ODM), Silvance Osele (ODM), Jessica Mbalu (Wiper), Sakwa Bunyasi (UDF) and Katatha Maweu (Independent).