MPs shouldn’t al­low ev­i­dence in cam­era

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Yes­ter­day, Josephine Kabura gave ev­i­dence to PAC on how her 11 com­pa­nies re­ceived Sh1.3 bil­lion from the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice.

She ad­mit­ted that the com­pa­nies were formed solely to win busi­ness from the NYS; they never filed tax re­turns; they re­ceived busi­ness through LPOs rather than ap­proved ten­ders.

The whole NYS saga stank more than ever as we lis­tened to her tes­ti­mony.

Then amaz­ingly she asked to go into cam­era as she feared for her life.

Par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees can hear ev­i­dence in cam­era but it should only be when na­tional se­cu­rity is at risk. This was not the case with Kabura.

And if she feared for her life, any power bro­ker she ex­posed would soon find out from friends in­side PAC. It did not make any dif­fer­ence whether she tes­ti­fied in pub­lic or in pri­vate.

Ask­ing to tes­tify in cam­era has be­come a ploy to avoid be­ing pub­licly hu­mil­i­ated. MPs should not al­low it un­less they be­lieve the se­cu­rity of the na­tion is at risk.

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