, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 – The Council of Governors now says any complaint lodged against a governor as the elected head of a county government is insufficient to warrant stepping aside.
The council says there is a constitutional and statutory process of dealing with all complaints lodged with the Ethics Anti-corruption Commission which must be adhered to.
Council vice-chairman Salim Mvurya told journalists they had requested for a copy of the confidential report tabled by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Parliament on Thursday during the State of the Nation address so that they can respond to the contents.
“Elected governors have a constitutional mandate to continue being in charge of county governments as provided for in the constitution,” he stated.
“Due process must be adhered to and investigations allowed to proceed without interference.”
He said they shall cooperate with EACC in undertaking any investigations on all the complaints lodged with it.
On his part, CoG chairman Isaac Ruto who said he was disturbed by the inclusion of his name in the list of people accused of corruption.
He also said President Kenyatta has no powers to direct governors to vacate office.
“I wish to express my great concerns with the manner in which EACC – a commission intended to be independent of the Executive – appears to be toying with the Executive in the performance of it functions,” he lamented.
“EACC is supposed to forward its files after investigations to the DPP for his decisions on the adequacy or otherwise of evidence to support it before court.”
He however said he was willing to give any explanation over any raised issues but cautioned that the fight against corruption should not be used for witch hunt.
Twelve governors are in the list of those under investigation by the anti graft body.
They include: Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Ali Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Peter Munya (Meru), Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Isaac Ruto (Bomet), Ukur Yattani (Marsabit), Godana Doyo ( Isiolo) and Amason Kingi (Kilifi).
President Uhuru Kenyatta however on Friday said that even governors must tow the integrity line.