Gov­er­nor Mu­tua evad­ing the law – Wiper’s Omar

‘Courts shouldn’t al­low them­selves to pro­cras­ti­nate pros­e­cu­tions’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties | Coast - ERNEST COR­NEL @OduorErnest

Wiper has sup­ported the pros­e­cu­tion of Machakos Gov­er­nor Al­fred Mu­tua over the al­leged fraud­u­lent pur­chase of 16 mo­tor ve­hi­cles for the county gov­ern­ment.

Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Has­san Omar said the gov­er­nor has been us­ing all tools and means nec­es­sary to avoid his day in the dock. He said the gov­er­nor’s case is no longer an au­dit query be­cause in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­plete and he is slated for pros­e­cu­tion.

Omar, who is also Mom­basa sen­a­tor, crit­i­cised the courts for halt­ing Mu­tua’s pros­e­cu­tion twice. “That is why we have is­sues with the courts. They should not al­low them­selves to pro­cras­ti­nate on pros­e­cu­tions as this de­feats the war on cor­rup­tion,” he said in Mom­basa on Satur­day.

Omar said Mu­tua has been is­su­ing flimsy ex­cuses to avoid pros­e­cu­tion.

“One day he’s sick, one day he’s out of the coun­try, the last time he said there was an im­peach­ment mo­tion,” he said. Omar said the Se­nate has the pow­ers of the High Court and can take ac­tion.

The sec­re­tary gen­eral said de­spite the gov­er­nor be­ing a mem­ber of Wiper they have never de­fended him. Omar said there is no vic­tim­i­sa­tion as some of the queries raised are glar­ing theft.

JOHN CHESOLI

Mom­basa Sen­a­tor Has­san Omar with Baringo’s Gideon Moi in Mom­basa on Novem­ber 26/

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