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Namwamba’s aide to be grilled over audio recording

Namwamba reportedly told the committee that his bodyguard recorded the meeting ‘unknowingly'/FILE

Namwamba reportedly told the committee that his bodyguard recorded the meeting ‘unknowingly’/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – A bodyguard to the embattled Public Accounts Chairman Ababu Namwamba is Thursday morning expected to appear before the Powers and Privileges Committee of the National Assembly for the second time.

Bernard Odako who appeared before the committee in a closed-door session Wednesday afternoon, is expected to shed more light over the controversial audio recording presented to the committee by his boss.

A source within the committee revealed that during the second appearance by Namwamba on Tuesday, the MP told the committee that his bodyguard recorded the meeting between himself, ODM party leader Raila Odinga, Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed ‘unknowingly.’

He is also reported to have made some ‘serious allegations’ which are yet to be disclosed.

The 15-minute audio recording which was played to the committee revealed a confession by Arama that he had received a bribe of Sh200, 000 from Nyatike legislator Omondi Anyanga who had been given Sh1.5 million by the then Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo to distribute amongst members of the PAC to write a report on ‘confidential expenditure’ in his favour.

All the parties linked to the bribery scam have since denied the allegations.

The Privileges Committee Chairman Moses Cheboi said the committee was wrapping up its investigations and will retreat this weekend to draft the final report to be presented before the House next Tuesday.

He has not revealed whether the committee will be admitting the audio recording presented by Namwamba but according to sources within the committee the credibility of the recording was being questioned.

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