Namwamba Retains Job As PAC Chair
Namwamba, who is also the Budalangi Member of Parliament, was under siege from members of PAC over alleged bribery cases.
The members of the committee failed to attain the minimum threshold to oust the outspoken legislator.
Out of the 27 members, 14 voted against the motion while 13 in support of the motion.
Namwamba has been accused of receiving bribes as the chair of PAC, an issue that touches on his integrity as the chair of the committee.
As of Wednesday, 15 out of the 27 members of the committee wanted the youthful Namwamba ousted over his alleged conduct.
The members, among them three from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), wanted Namwamba out.
Lagdera lawmaker Mohammed Shidiye insisted that Namwamba must be fired and charged with taking bribes.
On Wednesday, three ODM MPs said it would be difficult for them to save Namwamba should the graft allegations against him be confirmed.
MPs Paul Otuoma of Funyula, Timothy Bosire of Kitutu Masaba and Oyugi Magwanga of Kasipul said ODM has never supported corruption and will never do that even in Namwamba’s case.
Otuoma said it is still early to drag ODM into the committee squabbles, saying what is being said about the PAC boss are mere allegations, therefore rushing to defend him will only confirm the allegations.
However, a section of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) Members of Parliament led by the Ugunja Legislator Opiyo Wandayi had vowed to oppose the motion, which the Speaker of the National Assembly allowed to proceed.
On Wednesday, the CORD leadership in Parliament, which includes Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang'ula and Francis Nyenze, held several meetings with its members to try and have ODM members within the PAC withdraw their signatures from a petition to remove Namwamba.
By Maureen Murimi
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