Senate Committee Orders Arrest Of Murang’a Governor Wa Iria

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The Senate County Public Accounts and Investments Committee has ordered Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to arrest Murang’a governor Mwangi Wairia.

The IG is required to present the governor before the watchdog committee for failing to honour three summons.

The committee chaired by Kisii senator Sam Ongeri also fined the governor Sh500,000.

“In view that the governor came under summons last year, and this year he has failed to honour summons, I order that this committee summons under police escort Governor Mwangi wa Iria to be produced by the IG physically to this committee room on September 10, 2020,” Ongeri said.

Ongeri invoked the Powers and Privileges Act that gives the House committee the power to order arrest of any witnesses who ignore summons.

“Where a summoned witness does not appear, or appears but fails to satisfy the relevant House of Parliament or committee, the relevant House of Parliament or committee may order the arrest of a person who fails to honour a summons,” the Act reads.

The Act also provides that the committee can impose fines of between Sh200,000 and Sh3 million.

On three separate occasions, Wa iria has declined to appear before the committee to answer audit queries for 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years.

For failing to honour the August 11 summon, the governor claimed the county offices were shut down due to reported cases of Coronavirus.

The offices will be on lockdown for at least 14 to 20 days to allow for fumigation, the committee heard.

“It will, therefore, not be possible to assemble because the documents necessary for the committee to interrogate and resolve the audit queries and other issues are not available. Most of the senior staff who were to appear before the committee are in the vulnerable category and there it will not be possible for them to appear,” Wa iria explained.

Ongeri maintained that the county boss is avoiding accountability.

“The people of Murang’a have a right to accountability the county chief executive who they elected,” Ongeri said.

 

 

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