Senate has declared war on defiant governors who have refused to honour committee summons to shed light on audit queries raised by the Auditor General. Yesterday, a Senate team issued summons to Garissa Governor Nathif Jamah after he failed to attend a scheduled meeting with a crucial public watchdog committee. The governor failed to appear before the Public Accounts and Investment Committee to respond to queries on his county’s expenditure, prompting chairman Senator Boni Khalwale to direct the office of Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye to surcharge him on the expenses incurred by the officers who represented him.
The committee summoned the governor to appear in person on October 14 to explain how he spent Sh109.5 million.”This governor is yet to surrender Sh61.5 million part of the funds he received from Transition Authority, “noted Khalwale. Jamah was represented by his Finance executive Abdihakim Dayib, County Secretary Mohammed Mursal and County Chief Finance Officer Abdi Ali, who pleaded on his behalf for another appointment as he had a stakeholders’ meeting on drought mitigation in Garissa.
Senators Okong’o Mong’are (Nyamira), George Khaniri (Vihiga), Amos Wako (Busia), Muriuki Karue (Nyandarua) Anyang Nyong’o (Kisumu) and Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu) expressed their reservations at the governor’s failure to obey the invites despite informing him in advance and undertaking to be present. Mursal however tried to defend the governor, saying there was no malicious intent as the drought issue was an emergency. Khalwale said the committee is forced to take drastic measures following the declaration on the floor of the House on Tuesday.