September 20, 2020

Ababu Bodyguard: I Was Protecting My Boss


By Calvin Osiemo

Embattled Parliamentary Accounts Committee, PAC, Chair Ababu Namwamba’s Bodyguard was summoned by the Powers and Privileges Committee this week in relation to the secret recording in which Raila, Namwamba, Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed are heard discussing the graft allegations facing the PAC.
Bernard Odako, Namwamba’s bodyguard, told the Powers and Privileges Committee that he activated the recording application on Namwamba’s phone and gave it back to him before the legislator went into the meeting. Mr. Odako clarified that his boss was not aware that the application was on and he only notified him that he had activated it as Ababu was coming out of the meeting. The officer said he did all this to protect his boss in case of any future repercussions.
“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. As a prudent officer, I had to use my intellect to do what I had to do. I don’t just do things…” the officer said.
Mr Namwamba had been recalled to the committee on Tuesday because all the MPs he identified as the voices in the recording — Mr Arama and Mr Mohammed — had denied they were there.

The Budalangí Member of Parliament had earlier declined to say where, when and who did the recording.
However, the officer broke down the flow of events on that particular day and said he had accompanied his boss to Fairview Hotel for the meeting with the two MPs before they were by Mr. Odinga
“In the security department, security is not all about confronting the enemy using your gun. It means trying to secure your boss using all mechanisms that are provided in our regulations,” he said.

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