Munya asks court to stop his arrest for defying summons
Court documents show Munya wrote to the Senate on September 1, indicating he would not appear as he was to attend a CoG meeting on September 5
Meru Governor Peter Munya has moved to court to stop his imminent arrest for failing to obey Senate summons to appear on September 5.
The Senate Public Accounts and Investments Committee had on August 23 summoned the governor to appear and answer questions by the Auditor General on county financial operations for the 2013-14.
Munya terms the summons “unconstitutional, illegal and malicious”. Through lawyer Peter Wanyama, the governor says the Senate has instruct- ed the Inspector General of the Police to arrest him for failing to honour the summons. He says the constitutional question of the extent of the Senate’s power to enforce attendance of witnesses is pending in court. Court documents show Munya wrote to the Senate on September 1, indicating he would not appear since he was scheduled to attend a Council of Governors meeting on September 5.
The governors’ meeting had been fixed prior to the summons.
Munya said his attendance was indispensable, since he is the chairman.
The governor says on September 5, the Meru Finance executive and county accounting officers attended the Senate committee meeting, but they were ordered out. He says the committee insisted that he appears in person. The delegation, Munya says, brought documentation.
“It is apparent the Senate committee was not interested in the information it was purportedly seeking, owing to its decision to chase away the entire delegation. The officers under the Public Finance Management Act 2012 are responsible for public finance accounting,” he says.
Munya wants the court to suspend the decision by the Senate to have the IG of Police and the DPP arrest him for failing to obey the summons. He says if the Senate is interested in answers to the queries, it should have given him a fresh date.