, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 17 – The Deputy Chairman of the Council of Governors Salim Mvurya has heeded summons to appear before the Senate’s Sessional County Public Accounts and Investments Committee over audit queries.
Mvurya who is the Kwale Governor urged the committee to defend Governors from politicians who are using it for political mileage especially in the push against the referendum.
He intimated that those opposed to the plebiscite were taking advantage of the audit queries to malign Governors.
“Consistent reference to this committee and the Auditor General especially on matters that have not been concluded you know they will draw you into politics,” cautioned Mvurya.
He went on to say that ‘no’ proponents were now distributing the audit reports in public rallies to make the Governor’s look greedy.
According to the Kwale Governor, it was wrong to accuse Governors of seeking more funds before they answer to queries raised by Auditor General since most of them were yet appear before the committee.
Mvurya was cleared pending the accounting of Sh61 million which the Governor said was not an issue. In fact, the three-week period he was given to submit the documentation he said, was too long.
“That is why in most cases, we have been very very resistant to come to this committee because of the political ammunition that comes out of this discussion, but it is not my job, I am only expressing a very fair opinion, it is the job of the chairman and the committee and the Auditor General to cushion these respected institutions.”
He asked the committee chairman to ensure that its deliberations are above board and therefore not discussed in rallies.
The committee chairman Boni Khalwale however declined to issue an order saying the reports were in the public domain and the Constitution allowed for access to information.
“The Constitution allows citizens to access government information. This committee does its work independently and in a focused manner. We have nothing to do with the political rhetoric out there,” said Khalwale.
West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo said since some Governors had already gone public that they would not honour the Senate’s summons, they should not complain when the same is meted on them.
“If a Governor is called here and he goes to the podium and declares he doesn’t come to Senate, you are opening yourself to attack from anybody, ” observed Lonyangapuo.
Leader of Majority Aden Duale has been on the fore-front in lashing out at Jubilee Governors who are supporting the referendum telling them to either abandon the decision or quit the party.
On Monday, Duale and Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto sparred in public in Narok over Ruto’s refusal to appear before the Senate committee with Duale accusing him of asking for more money yet he had refused to account for what he had been initially allocated.