Senate orders arrest of Governor Wycliffe Oparanya

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who is also the COG chair during a past press briefing at the county headquarters. PHOTO: FILE

Nairobi, KENYA: The Senate County Public Accounts and Investment Committee has requested the Inspector of police Joseph Boinnet to arrest Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya over failure to appear before the committee.

The warrant was issued by the Public Accounts and Investments Committee (PAIC) on Thursday after a consultative meeting with independent commissions, including the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the electoral commission and the office of the Attorney-General.

The committee declared a warrant for the arrest of the County boss, for snubbing summons to appear before the watch dog to answer audit queries of 2015/2016 financial year, while the 2013/2014 financial still pends in court.

Last year, Oparamya moved to Court to seek temporary orders to lift orders from parliament requiring him to appear before the committee.

The warrant was issued pursuant to Article 125 of the Constitution, which gives parliamentary committees powers similar to those of the High Court.

The warrant is supposed to be prepared by the clerk of the Senate and signed by the chairperson Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o

The warrant will then be presented to the Inspector-General of Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions for action — meaning Governor Oparanya would be presented to the committee to answer the audit queries, if necessary, he will be dragged to court to face criminal charges.

In a meeting attended by IEBC and EACC officials with PAIC committee, Nyongo said that the committee will also write to the state agencies not to clear the Governor for re-election.