Governor Munya risks arrest over failing to honor senate summons

Governor Munya risks arrest over failing to honor senate summons

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Council of Governors Chairperson and Meru County Governor Peter Munya at a past press conference. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: The Council of Governors Chairman Peter Munya, risks being arrested and brought to the Senate Public Accounts Commitee over spurning three invites and summons to appear and respond to audit queries raised by Auditor General for the financial year 2013/2014.

The committee chair Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o, on Monday said said the committee has been compelled to formally write to the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett; to arrest and avail the Meru Governor for contempt of the Senate summons.

Nyongo’ says the Senate watchdog has been forced to invoke it’s powers to have the governors who defy summons accountable to the Senate Watchdog committee.

The Chair says they have reached a decision and once implemented they will invoke the powers of article 125 of the Constitution and have the County Chief Executives accountable to the respective Parliamentary committee.

The Kisumu Senator says the committee is not satisfied with the reason given by the Meru Governor that he is chairing a council of Governors meeting in Naivasha, saying that Parliamentary summons takes precedence over everything else.

The move comes against the backdrop of Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya;who failed to honour summons to the committee and rushed to court to obtain an order barring the Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko from arresting and prosecuting him.