Akaranga agrees to an­swer Se­nate team’s graft queries

Fi­nance com­mit­tee last Tuesday re­solved to write to the DPP to or­der the gover­nor’s ar­rest for ig­nor­ing sum­mons. But Akaranga now says he is will­ing to obey sum­mons

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western - HIL­TON OTENYO @hiltonotenyo

The Vi­higa Gover­nor will ap­pear be­fore the Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee to re­spond to a pe­ti­tion filed by 12 MCAs to have him in­ves­ti­gated for cor­rup­tion.

The com­mit­tee last Tuesday re­solved to write to Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions Ke­ri­ako To­biko to or­der the gover­nor’s ar­rest for ig­nor­ing Se­nate sum­mons.

Akaranga said he is will­ing to obey the sum­mons.

“Lawyers are cur­rently en­gag­ing the DPP to ex­plain that the gover­nor did not snub sum­mons and he wants more time to pre­pare,” com­mu­ni­ca­tions chief Peter Athi­aya said.

Vi­higa Se­na­tor Ge­orge Khaniri on Fri­day asked Akaranga to hon­our the sum­mons as the con­se­quences could be dire.

He said gov­er­nors are at­tempt­ing to block the Se­nate from per­form­ing its du­ties.

Khaniri coun­ter­signed the pe­ti­tion to the Se­nate by 12 MCAs on Feb­ru­ary 15.

The pe­ti­tion­ers are Andrew Ahuga, David Ogova, Gla­dys Analo, Joshua Olao, Nathan Kamidi and Peter Amuhinda.

Oth­ers are Bernard Ki­wanuka, Josephat Mu­nayi, Pamela Amunga, Richard Muhiga, Venna Kaisha and Wy­cliffe Mosini.

They are the only ones out of the assem­bly’s 25 mem­bers who sup­ported a re­port that im­pli­cated Akaranga’s ad­min­is­tra­tion in cor­rup­tion last year.

The 12 want the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion, DPP and DCI to con­duct a joint foren­sic au­dit of the county’s fi­nances.

The MCAs also want the EACC to carry out a life­style check on all ex­ec­u­tives, as well as in­ves­ti­gate their bank ac­counts and property.

Those who ben­e­fited from cor­rupt pro­ceed­ings should be pun­ished and property ac­quired lle­gally seized, they say.

/JOSEPH JAMENYA

Cen­tral Maragoli MCA Ab­dal­lah Chogo and Vi­higa Gover­nor Moses Akaranga at Kidundu vil­lage on May 19

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