Parliamentary Committee on Security adjourns as Lenku, Iringo fail to honour summons.

Parliamentary Committee on Security adjourns as Lenku, Iringo fail to honour summons.

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Parliamentary committee on security and administration was forced to adjourn its sitting on Thursday after interior cabinet secretary Joseph Ole Lenku and his principal secretary Mutea Iringo failed to appear before it, over a probe into the tendering process involving security surveillance equipment worth Kshs.15 billion, awarded to Safaricom by government.

Committee chair Asman Kamama said they had to adjourn to Thursday next week, because the two had not honoured summons, but warned them of stern action if they failed to show up again.

He said the  summons were meant to interrogate  whether the  security tender  ministerial committee followed the procurement  and disposal rules as per the 2005 act, regarding single sourcing of Safaricom to supply surveillance and communications equipment to security agencies  in Nairobi and Mombasa.

Kamama warned that the tendering process would not go on until the committee and parliament gave it a clean bill of health.

Members of the committee including Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi and his Laisamis counterpart Joseph Lokitun, were angered  by the move  by the  two to skip summons without issuing any apology, and asked the chair to take stun action against them if they repeated.

They argued the matter was a subject of national security and that Lenku and Iringo needed to give the summons priority.

Sources indicated that Ole Lenku was attending a   security meeting in Kigali, Rwanda while Iringo was at the national prayer meeting at Safari park in Nairobi.

Earlier last week civil society led by Okiya Omtatah threatened to go to court if  the  government and Safaricom continued with the tender, arguing that security related services were supposed to handled exclusively by security organs within government.