Kenyan Governors want Senate Public Accounts Committee Probed for Extortion

Kenyan Governors want Senate Public Accounts Committee Probed for Extortion

Kenyan Governors have threatened to sponsor a motion to dissolve the senate for failing to safeguard the interests of County Governments by stalling on the 3rd generation formula debate.

In a statement, Council of Governors (CoG) chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya warned that a petition for its dissolution can be initiated by any member of the public through the High Court.

“To this end, we hereby forewarn the Senate that a Petition for its dissolution can be initiated by any member of the public through the High Court as provided for under Article 258 of the Constitution,” the statement read.

The Kakamega county boss said that failure to reach a decision by the senate on the 3rd generation formula was similar to killing devolution.

He also stated that failure to disburse funds to the county governments on time has slowed down operations and delayed salaries.

In two weeks, he warned, county governments will shut down and release employees to proceed on leave until an amicable solution is reached.

“If the prevailing situation persists, effective Thursday September 17, Counties will have no choice but to shut down.

“Consequently, we shall release all county employees to proceed on leave until an amicable solution on the issue is reached,” the statement read further.

The senate has for the 9 time failed to reach consensus prompting the creation of a 12 member committee.

The committee formed two weeks ago has also failed to come up with a way forward.

Further, governors want the Senate Committee on County Public Accounts and Investments to be probes by the EACC and DCI for extortion.

According to the county bosses, the Committee has continued to summon them to appear in person despite a resolution to convene meetings virtually.

They have vowed not to appear physically until the funds are disbursed and the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

On Wednesday, the committee asked Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to arrest Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria for declining to honour summons.

 

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