MP John Mbadi Elected As Public Accounts Committee Chairman

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Kenya's National Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will be headed by Nominated MP John Mbadi, who was elected unopposed as its Chairperson in its first sitting on Thursday.

However, a vote was taken to pick his Vice-Chairperson in a contest pitting MP Nicholas Tindi Mwale against his colleague Wilberforce Oundo Ojiambo.

The exercise presided over by representatives from the Office of the Clerk, saw Mwale being declared the winner after garnering ten votes against Ojiambo's four to assume the Vice Chairperson's position.

Mbadi and Mwale, in their acceptance speeches, thanked Members for the confidence they had bestowed in them by electing them to the helm of the Committee.

Mbadi informed MPs that Public Accounts Committee was a premier oversight Committee with a huge responsibility to ensure public funds were being utilised prudently. He also acknowledged that the Committee had experienced Legislators who they will bank on to discharge the watchdog roles effectively.

"My leadership encourage consensus to prevail in decision making; we will ensure transparency and fairness in our dealings to cement the spirit of unity and teamwork for effective delivery of our mandate," he said.

"This is the oldest Committee of the House which Kenyans will be looking to effectively put the government of the day on check and ensure that public funds are utilised properly for the benefit of citizens," added Mabdi.

The Vice-person, Tindi Mwale, said he will champion teamwork as he serves members in his new position and called for their support.

"I will consult widely with all Members for the smooth running of the Committee affairs," he said.

The Public Accounts Committee is mandated to examine the accounts showing the appropriations of the sum voted by the House to meet the public expenditure and of such other accounts laid before the House as the Committee may think fit.

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