Governor thrown out of senate hearing

Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria was today thrown out of the Senate Public Accounts Committee hearing after a heated verbal exchange with County Senator Kembi Gitura.

Mr Iria who appeared before the committee to answer to audit queries accused the senator of using the committee to settle political scores.

The Governor was uncomfortable with information being channeled out by the senator over the purchase of land in Murang’a County. The County chief accused the senator of lying to the committee over the matter in order to gain popularity among the people of Murang’a.

“I will not allow this committee to be used as a political arena to drive the agenda of the senator at the expense of truth and the people of Murang’a,” wa Iria said.

He kept on interrupting every speaker at one time threatened to walk out of the committee room claiming the committee chairman, Kisumu senator Anyang’ Nyong’o was unfair to him as he was not given adequate time to respond to allegations levelled against him.

“I will not allow senator Gitura to malign my name here. I will not keep quiet any more. I will walk out if this is it,” he threatened.

Gitura in response said he will not allow the Governor to intimidate him by making noise as it is his responsibility as area senator to raise any issue affecting the county.

And as the two traded accusations, the other senators watched, much to the disbelief of reporters.

Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale urged the Governor to humble himself saying the committee has meet powerful people in the past who are no more at the moment.

“We have seen more powerful people including Amos Kimunya but are currently nowhere. Please be humble Governor and set the record straight through provision of documents,” Khalwale said.

His Nyamira counterpart Okong’o Mong’are told the governor that he will not subject the committee to the politics of Murang’a and he risks being declared a hostile witness.

“Let’s declare the Governor a hostile witness and call this meeting to an end. This committee has rules which must be followed,” he said.

And after numerous attempts to calm down the governor, the committee chairman adjourned the meeting and ordered the Governor and his officers out of the room.

“This meeting as per article 62(2) of the constitution stands adjourned,” Prof Nyong’o declared.

The Governor later told journalists that he is ready to meet the senator in Court over the land matter and vowed not to allow him use the committee to gain political mileage.

“Let’s meet in court. I will not allow myself to be subjected to this kind of treatment,” Wa Iria said.

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