Budalangi MP and ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba may be embattled by fellow parliamentarians but Kenyans have given a totally different verdict on his leadership.
A Prime News opinion poll by KTN found that 65% of Kenyans believe that the Budalangi MP is doing a good job and should continue serving as Parliamentary Accounts Committee chair while only 35 percent said they do not have confidence in him.
The Budalangi legislator has put a spirited fight to save his reputation and career as a politician (on the rise) from near collapse after allegations of corruption rocked his Parliamentary Accounts Committee.
Ababu reveals his woes started when his committee – for the first time – audited shadowy expenditures by the country’s security organs where billions of shillings could not be accounted for. Top security officials then took to bribing his committee members to have their names expunged from the parliamentary report his committee was compiling.
When he declined, all hell broke loose. He points an accusing finger at then powerful Office of the President PS Mutea Iringo who has since been moved to the defence ministry in the same capacity.
To clear his name, Namwamba went as far as recording a private conversation where an MP (former member of PAC) was revealing to ODM/CORD leader Raila Odinga how money exchanged hands in PAC.
The recordings have seen ODM members divided over the action, with many furious about the temerity of the SG to record his Party Leader. However, sources close to Odinga believe the former PM did not read much in to the recordings and do not mind them being played in a bit to unearth the truth of the allegations with the view of fighting corruption.