Sen­a­tors dif­fer on how to ques­tion Gover­nor Lusaka

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Sen­a­tors yes­ter­day dif­fered sharply on how to deal with a pe­ti­tion against Bun­goma Gover­nor Ken­neth Lusaka.

Sen­a­tors Boni Khal­wale (Kakamega), Moses We­tang’ula (Bun­goma) and Cather­ine Mukite (nom­i­nated) wanted to cross-ex­am­ine Lusaka, who ap­peared be­fore the Pub­lic Fi­nance Com­mit­tee at County Hall, af­ter re­spond­ing to each al­le­ga­tion.

How­ever, sen­a­tors Aaron Cheruyiot (Keri­cho), Wil­fred Machage (Mig­ori), John Lonyan­ga­puo (West Pokot), Beatrice Elachi (nom­i­nated), Paul Njoroge (nom­i­nated) and com­mit­tee vice chair­man Peter Mositet (Ka­ji­ado) wanted Lusaka to re­spond to all al­le­ga­tions be­fore sen­a­tors would cross-ex­am­ine him.

We­tang’ula and Khal­wale said by al­low­ing Lusaka to re­spond to all al­le­ga­tions first, sen­a­tors were likely to for­get some is­sues, con­sid­er­ing the vo­lu­mi­nous doc­u­ments pre­sented as ev­i­dence. But Mositet ruled them out of or­der and al­lowed the gover­nor to pro­ceed. He said sen­a­tors would get time to read the doc­u­ments be­fore seek­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion from the gover­nor.

Lusaka (pic­tured) dis­missed the pe­ti­tion. He has been ac­cused of mis­man­ag­ing county funds. He told the com­mit­tee the pe­ti­tion­ers re­lied on hearsay and some of the is­sues raised are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion.

Peter Wanyama and some CEC mem­bers said the al­le­ga­tions are ridiculous. Wanyama crit­i­cised the com­mit­tee for push­ing Lusaka to pro­vide ev­i­dence, yet the bur­den of proof should be on the pe­ti­tion­ers.

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