, NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 24 – The Senate Public Accounts and Investments Committee on Thursday asked Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to arrest Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua for failing to honour summons.
This is after members unanimously resolved that Mutua must be presented before the Committee on Monday at 2.30pm.
Vice Chair John Lonyangapuo led Senators Boni Khalwale (Kakamega) and Martha Wangare (Nominated) in stating that Mutua’s action was tantamount to holding the committee in contempt after they noted that he had skipped at least four other summons.
The Senators want Mutua to respond to audit queries in the 2013-14 Auditor General’s report which raise questions into how the County Government procured 16 vehicles at Sh32.9 million for its Executives.
Acting Machakos County Secretary Grace Munguti, wrote to the Senators claiming that Mutua cannot appear because he was busy attending to an impeachment motion against him.
Lonyangapuo said this was erroneous because it was in the public domain that Governor Mutua survived the ouster Wednesday evening.
Another official appeared before the committee Thursday citing confusion in the wording of the cover letter as the reason for Mutua’s no-show.
The official from the Machakos County Treasury said a section of the latest summons made reference to the ‘Meru Government’ and not ‘Machakos County’ but Lonyangapuo again poured cold water on this claim noting that the claim by Mutua is illogical yet he had on several occasions offered to deliver written submissions to the committee in response to the audit query.
Committee Members Amos Wako (Busia), George Khaniri (Vihiga) and Kimani Wamatangi took issue with Mutua for taking the Senate for granted.
The House team had summoned Mutua to respond to audit queries after he failed to appear before the Machakos County Public Accounts Committee on previous occasions.
The Machakos Governor skipped appearances more than four times despite being issued with summonses by PAIC chairman Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu).
The Senate team was forced to adjourn its sittings in October after Mutua and his Taita Taveta counterpart John Mruttu failed to show up.