NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 16 – Former Public Accounts Committee Chairman Ababu Namwamba now says disbandment of the committee is a victory for “forces of impunity.”
He says those against the war on corruption are also behind the current wrangles and finger pointing of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the office of the Auditor General.
Despite that, Namwamba said he has not fallen short of avenues to fight corruption and said he is even more energetic to do so.
“That those forces have succeeded does not dampen my spirit…I feel like I have been released to wage the battle against corruption to other forums,” he told journalists on Wednesday evening at Integrity Centre.
“I want to assure Kenyans, I have many other platforms from which I can continue waging the war against corruption,” he stated.
Namwamba described the process he underwent under the Powers and Privileges Committee over allegations of receiving bribes as a sham.
He said the committee lacks the capacity to unearth the corruption allegations levelled against him and other PAC members in a bid to determine the truth.
“Unlike the parliamentary process that we have been exposed to through the Powers and Privileges Committee, EACC has the capacity, experience and professional competence to conduct forensic investigations of evidence,” he said.
“The process that just concluded in Parliament was a kangaroo style process that had absolutely no capacity to get to the root of the matter. It was a public show to cleanse the image of the National Assembly.”
He said that the recommendation that he apologises against making graft allegations against fellow committee members and the disbandment of the committee were only meant to absolve Parliament from public wrath.
“I do not feel bitter at all…I actually feel light. I feel released because when you are in a parliamentary committee such as chairing a committee you are in too much pressure and intrigue,” he said.
“What happened to the Public Accounts Committee is a classical case of political witch-hunt, is a classical case of corruption fighting back. I have no doubt about that.”
The legislator went to EACC to present documents which he said will help the anti-graft body in its investigations over the corruption allegations levelled against the defunct Public Accounts Committee.
The committee members are accused of receiving bribes amounting to Sh1.5 million from the Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo to obliterate his name from the committee’s report.
The Principal Secretary was under PAC investigations over how the Interior Ministry spent Sh2.9 billion from secret funds.