Senators ask IG to arrest Machakos Governor

The Senate’s Public Accounts Committee has today asked the Inspector General Joseph Boinnet to arrest and present Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua before it on Monday.

This follows Dr Mutua’s failure to honour a summon to appear before the committee to answer to financial queries in his county that were raised by the Auditor General in the 2013/14 financial year.

Angry senators demanded that action be taken against the governor after he failed to honour the summon for the fifth consecutive time.

“The committee hereby resolves to order the IG to produce Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua here at parliament buildings by 2:30 pm Monday,” said the committee’s vice chairman senator John Lonyangapuo who chaired today’s session.

“Nobody is going to evade accountability responsibility on matters of public money unless one resigns,” added West Pokot senator.

The Governor in his letter to the committee yesterday said he could not honor today’s summons as he was facing impeachment motion and requested the committee if he can send his response in written form.

Mutua also took issue with the committee’s use of the word summon instead of invite in their letter.

“The Governor finds it odd for the committee to issue summons instead of invitation yet the Governor is willing to appear before it,” read his letter.

Kiambu senator Kimani Wamatangi said somebody seems to be misadvising the Governor not to appear before the committee.

“The only way the committee can send a strong message to the Governor is to task the IG to produce him here on Monday,” Wamatangi said.

Nominated senator Martha Wangari said the Governor has skipped the committee five times and therefore he cannot be allowed to derail the work of the committee.

Her sentiments were backed by Vihiga’s George Khaniri who said the Governor cannot be an exception and must appear before the committee.

Busia Senator Amos Wako said most Governors have lately been cooperating with the committee except a few whom he cautioned that they will face public wrath.

“My free advice to Mutua is that he should voluntarily present himself before this committee and he should not wait for the Inspector General to go for him,” Busia senator Amos Wako chipped in noting that a majority of the county bosses have cooperated with them.

“Only about five percent of Governors are still reluctant to appear before us majority including the chairman of the Council of Governors have appeared before us. Soon the public will start asking why the five percent don’t want to appear and what they are hiding,” he added.

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