The most incredible scenes of the week, apart from the shameful images that came out of the chaotic by-elections, were those of Mvita member of parliament admitting something that most Kenyans didn’t have a clue about.
As chair of the National Assembly’s Public Investments Committee, Abdulswamad heads what is parliament’s watchdog committee, and also the committee that has been hearing almost all of the interviews concerning the KEMSA heist.
However, this past week, things took an unexpected turn as Abdulswamad confessed to something that left people wondering why and how it came to be that he chairs such a vital committee.
The Mvita legislator was appearing in an interview on KTN, when presenter Ken Mijungu asked him about an incident where a person of interest was appearing before the committee, and upon being asked the names of those behind her company, she bluntly refused to say. Mijungu wanted to know why he let her get away with it, instead of forcing an answer out of her.
This was when Abdulswamad said that there was something he had to say. He then went ahead to make the incredible revelation that he helped form the company in question, and so attorney client privilege prevented him from talking about the issue any longer
.He left the issue at that, not clarifying in which way he helped form the company, whether as an attorney, or as one of the shareholders. In December of last year, Ivy Minyow, the 27 year old co-director of a company called Kilig appeared before the National Assembly’s Public Investments Committee led by Abdulswamad.
Kilig is among companies whose commitment letters were issued directly by the office suspended CEO Jonah Manjari, without the knowledge of the procurement department.
The ownership of the company, which was registered on January 22, 2020, and is located at Methodist Ministry Centre, Block A 1st Floor, was the subject of intense debate, as Ms Minyow initially took MPs in circles, refusing to reveal the real owners of the company. It is these directors that Ms Minyow refused to name, saying doing so would go against a commitment she signed with her clients when she was their legal officer before later assuming the role of director.
It still remains unclear whether Minyow is the witness Mijungu was alluding to, and if Kilig is the company Abdulswamad spoke about.