MPs have criticised the joint Parliamentary committee investigating the Westgate terrorist attack for absolving KDF soldiers from the looting claims.
The MPs said it is prejudicial for the Administration and National Security and Defence and Foreign Relations committees co- chairs Ndungu Gethenji (Tetu) and Asman Abongotum (Tiaty) to clear KDF of any wrong doing.
The MPs concerns come after the two leaders absolved KDF last week even before all the witnesses are summoned and the report compiled by the committee. The inquiry behind the attack that claimed over 67 people with over 200 others injured including destruction to property is expected to be finalized in a month's time.
Members of the joint committee who did not want mentioned said the two chairs are only mandated to speak for the members and what they did was wrong because it didn't have the blessings of the members.
"The leadership cannot issue statements or resolutions before the committee decides. The issue of absolving KDF from looting was wrong and premature because other witnesses are yet to testify," a member of the committee said after the session yesterday.
Gethenji who chairs the Defense and Foreign Relations committee moderated the session because his co- chair Abongotum of Administration and National Security is out of the country on official business.
He had a hard time steering the session as members accused him of endearing himself to the KDF. Members told him to his face before NIS director general Michael Gichangi, KDF's Julius Karangi, CID's Ndegwa Muhoro, Interior minister Joseph Ole Lenku and his PS Mutea Iringo.
His committee members are consequently contemplating voting him out as their chair. Those we spoke to accuse him of conducting the affairs of the committee like his personal property alongside his vice chair Barre Shill (Fafi). During the session, members heard from the military that KDF only took water to either quench their thirst or clean their weapons. The explanation did not however, go down well with committee members.
"We will only communicate at the right time when the report is finalized but at the moment what is purported to come from the inquiry should only be treated as propaganda," another MP said.
The committee has further summoned Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi alias Sonko and KTN's news programme, Jicho Pevu producer.
The Nairobi Senator is expected to tell the committee what he knew of the intelligence reports after the NIS boss disputed his claims. Members believe that Sonko allegations were born out to make political mileage and not meant to help the committee get to the root of the attack.
Jicho pevu is expected to tell the committee more about the source of the clips aired on KTN after the committee failed to connect with the materials it already has.