Namwamba’s papers on Lucy Kibaki fake, Speaker rules

Published on 05/02/2009

First Lady Lucy Kibaki was exonerated on her alleged involvement in the maize scandal, with her accuser beating a hasty retreat hours after the sensational claim.

Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba (ODM) retracted insinuations of impropriety he made on Wednesday against the First Lady.

The documents he tabled as proof of Lucy’s culpability were also dismissed as fake.

Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim ruled: “The documents have been found to be false. They are not authentic and will now have to be expunged from the House’s records.”

Some documents tabled by Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale (New Ford-Kenya) linking Agriculture Minister William Ruto and other individuals to the maize scam were also trashed.

No letter heads

“Those documents tabled by Hon Khalwale without NCPB letter heads will also be expunged,” said Maalim.

Khalwale’s enthusiastic efforts to have the deputy speaker accept other documents with letterheads from other recognised firms were rejected.

The harsh rulings were communicated by the Chair moments after Namwamba apologised to the First Lady over the list.

The MP instead blamed fellow MPs who, while reacting to the list he tabled, implied that he (Namwamba) had implicated the First Lady in the maize scam.

Cast aspersions

“After tabling a list which I obtained from the documents tabled by the Agriculture minister and pointed out the name of Lucy Kibaki, some members created aspersions that I had in a sense implicated the first lady in the maize scandal.

I never intended to malign the first lady at all and I want to categorically clarify that I have no evidence linking her to any wrong doing in this matter,” said the MP.

On his part Khalwale had claimed that companies associated with two MPs whom he did not name were among those involved in the illegal sale of maize from the strategic grain reserve.

Khalwale also claimed African Merchant Assuarance Company (Amaco), which is associated with Ruto, had irregularly secured Sh153m contract to supply gunny bags, although that was not its core business.

But Ruto defended Amaco saying if there were found to have engaged in any illegality, the directors should be held accountable individually.

Debate on the maize saga will resume next week. Thursday the list of companies listed will be scrutinised.

Stories by Peter Opiyo, Beauttah Omanga and Alex Ndegwa

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