- Mwangi Wa Iria failed to appear before the Senate led by Senator Sam Ongeri to respond to financial queries.
The Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai is likely order for the arrest and prosecution of Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria. The request was made on Friday 28th 2020 after the Murang’a governor failed to appear before the Senate committee chaired by Sam Ongeri.
Despite the summons that had been issued for Mwangi Wa Iria to appear before the County Public Accounts and Investment committee. The Governor never honored them but instead attributed his failure to massive cases of Covid-19 in Murang’a county that he is dealing with.
In a statement, the County Public Accounts and Investments Committee of the Senate found that Mwangi Wa Iria had failed to attend three summons to answer queries on the audit. His actions made the committee chaired by Sam Ongeri to impose a fine a fine of Ksh500,000 for the consecutive failure.
The governor defended himself on the failure to attend the two consecutive meetings, attributing one to county offices’ closure after reported cases of Covid-19. The parliamentary committee regarded his claims as a scapegoat from accounting for the funds’ improper use in question.
“I order that this committee summons under police escort Governor Mwangi Wa Iria to be produced by the IG physically to this committee room on September 10, 2020,” Ongeri stated.
Under the Kenyan Constitution article 125, the Parliament has the right to summon anyone to provide the required information. Therefore it has the power to call for the arrest of anyone who fails to appear before them.
Among those officials who faced charges on the committee’s failure is the governor of Kwale Salim Mvurya and Mike Sonko, the Nairobi governor. However, the judge warned the Parliament from using their powers in a way that is not acceptable.
“Where a summoned witness does not appear or appears but fails to satisfy the relevant House of Parliament or committee, the relevant House or committee may order the arrest of a person who fails to honor summons,” part of the parliamentary act reads.
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