DP RUTO, Aden Duale digs in on Ababu Namwamba as FIGHT to control PAC Continues with another vote this week
Jubilee House Majority Leader Aden Duale has vowed Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba must vacate the powerful Public Accounts Committee chairmanship, saying members of the committee no longer have confidence in his leadership.
This is the position of the government, with none other than the deputy president William Ruto pulling the strings.
Namwamba is at the centre of corruption allegations which has sucked in ODM party as efforts to save himÂ have divided the party’s supporters right down the middle.
A highly placed source within ODM told this writer when allegations of corruption first surfaced, ODM Party leader Raila Odinga told Ababu to resign and avoid the potentially career shattering ‘war of control’ that would ensue following the PAC allegations.
Raila Odinga is a veteran parliamentarians and his own wars to clean PAC of corruption is well documented. At present, Odinga is said to be uncomfortable with Ababu continuing as chair and is keenly following the events happening from Lesotho, where he is heading the AU electoral observer mission.
Namwamba however assured the ODM Leader he had no skeletons in his closet and that what was being fed to the public were mere allegations meant to tarnish his name. Raila, grudgingly, marshalled ODM troops to fight for Namwamba despite the murmurs and silent opposition from several ODM MPs.
The Budalangi MP survived a vote of no confidence in him but the fight to remove him is still viciously being fought especially by the United Republican Party of Deputy President William Ruto.
On the day of the vote, Ruto is alleged to have called the URP MPs in PAC and instructed them to vote out Ababu. True to his instructions, all URP MPs in the committee voted to eject the Budalangi MP who was saved narrowly by the abstinence of Runyejes MP Cecily Mbarire (TNA).
But this coming week may be the end of Namwamba as Mbarire is under no illusion she can repeat last Thursday’s mistake. She already profusely apologized to the powers that be. Matters are made worse by the presence in the next voting day of Stephen Manoti who was last week out of the country. Manoti is Â a Ford People MP allied to the Jubilee Alliance.
From ODM, Ababu knows he did not get the vote of ODM Chairman John Mbadi. Three other MPs, Hon. Mwadime, Hon. Omondi and Hon. Abbas are up against him. While he survived with just one vote, next week may see over four other members voting against him. Tragic.
Duale is therefore setting stage for this week.
â€œWhen 13 members of your committee tell you that we do not have confidence in your leadership, that tells you better resign,â€ he said.
â€œThe PAC is not an ordinary committee, it is the most powerful in terms of vote of no confidence but I am sure Parliament will discuss that because that is a very serious matter not only for the committee but the leadership of Parliament and I am sure it is going to be a matter of discussion next week.â€
As to who is in the mind of the majority leader, his cousin and Ijara MP Abbas Mohammed features prominently. The problem with Abbas is that he is technically a Jubilee MP, like Nkaissery before.
â€œThe Chairman of PAC is reserved for the opposition, Hon Abbas is a member of the opposition and is a member of PAC and by virtue of that he has all the rights to become the Chair of PAC at any given time,â€ he stated.