Sen­a­tors want Mu­tua ar­rested for snub­bing au­dit hear­ings

‘Some­body has mis­ad­vised Mu­tua, un­for­tu­nately he is be­ing given the wrong ad­vice. He has per­fected the tac­tics of dodg­ing this com­mit­tee by giv­ing flimsy ex­cuses’

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Sen­a­tors yes­ter­day di­rected the of­fice of clerk Jeremiah Nyeg­eye to write to the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice to ar­rest the Machakos gover­nor on Mon­day.

The Se­nate’s Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee mem­bers want Gover­nor Al­fred Mu­tua brought be­fore it at 2.30pm to an­swer au­dit queries raised in the au­di­tor gen­eral’s 2013-14 re­port.

“The com­mit­tee re­solves that the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice should pro­duce Mu­tua on Novem­ber 28,” vice chair­man John Lonyan­ga­puo said at Par­lia­ment Build­ings. Lonyan­ga­puo was chair­ing the com­mit­tee as sub­stan­tive chair­man as Kisumu Se­na­tor Anyang Ny­ong’o was said to be away.

Kakamega Se­na­tor Boni Khal­wale moved the mo­tion for Mu­tua to be ar­rested and his Ki­ambu coun­ter­part Ki­mani Wa­matangi sec­onded it.

Khal­wale said Mu­tua has snubbed the com­mit­tee with im­punity.

Wa­matangi said Mu­tua is tak­ing the wrong ad­vice and is now em­u­lat­ing Kakamega Gover­nor Wy­cliffe Oparanya, who has also not ap­peared be­fore the com­mit­tee.

“Some­body has mis­ad­vised Mu­tua, un­for­tu­nately he is be­ing given the wrong ad­vice. He has per­fected the tac­tics of dodg­ing this com­mit­tee by giv­ing flimsy ex­cuses,” he said.

Nom­i­nated Se­na­tor Martha Wan­gari un­suc­cess­fully pushed for Mu­tua to be ar­rested and be brought be­fore the com­mit­tee to­day, say­ing he “is known to use painkillers by mov­ing to court to block ar­rest or com­ing to the Se­nate”.

Sen­a­tors Ge­orge Khaniri (Vi­higa), Amos Wako (Bu­sia), Henry Ndiema (Trans Nzoia ) and Muriuki Karue (Nyan­darua) said Mu­tua must be ready to be held to ac­count for pub­lic re­sources.

Wako said res­i­dents will soon ask ques­tions re­gard­ing Mu­tua’s re­fusal to ap­pear.

Mu­tua, through a staff mem­ber, said he was un­able to at­tend the ses- sion as he was pre­oc­cu­pied with the is­sue of im­peach­ment.

His im­peach­ment flopped on Wed­nes­day as some MCAs were away in Tan­za­nia for bench­mark­ing, caus­ing a quo­rum hitch.

Lonyan­ga­puo said Mu­tua has re­ceived sev­eral sum­monses. He was to ap­pear be­fore the com­mit­tee on Oc­to­ber 5, but did not show up, say­ing he was out of the coun­try.

Mu­tua, through act­ing county sec­re­tary Grace Munguti, wrote to the com­mit­tee, say­ing he is un­avail­able.

He sug­gested that he be rep­re­sented in the com­mit­tee by “county se­nior of­fi­cers”. “It is prac­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble for him to ap­pear in per­son,” the let­ter dated Oc­to­ber 3 reads.

HEZRON NJOROGE

Pub­lic Ac­counts and In­vest­ments Com­mit­tee mem­bers Ki­mani Wa­matangi, John Lonyan­ga­puo, Martha Wan­gari and Boni Khal­wale leave the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice’s of­fice yes­ter­day/

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