Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o found himself in a tough position on Tuesday, September 23, when appearing before a senate watchdog committee at Parliament buildings.
The county boss who was expected to respond to audit queries before the County Public Accounts and Investment Committee was sent away by the senators as they accused him of being ill-prepared.
The chair of the session, Migori Senator Ochilo Ayacko ended the session as the committee concluded that the governor's responses were ‘disorderly’.Migori Senator Achillo Ayacko during a previous press conference.File
“We don’t have the responses to the audit queries raised by the Auditor General. As such, we cannot proceed to listen to you governor,” Ayacko stated.
Nyong’o, who chaired the same committee in the 11th Parliament, defended himself stating that the responses he provided were the same he provided the previous year.
The governor was expected to address audit queries raised by the Auditor-General on the expenditures of the county for financial years 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.
"I will be the last person to undermine devolution and oversight. We may not have responded to some queries, but it is not that the responses are not there. We will provide them,” he assured.
Kisumu Senator Fred Outa, accused the governor of not taking the proceedings seriously as he recommended a fine be imposed on Nyong'o.
“This is the second time the governor is appearing before Senate unprepared. We should not take it lightly. We should apply our Standing Orders and impose a fine,” Outa stated.
Governors and senators have been at loggerheads over audit queries raised, with the later accusing the legislators of using the summons to blackmail and intimidate them.
The county bosses have often accused senators of extorting money through the senate County Public Accounts and Investments Committee.Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya speaking at the State of Devolution Address 2020 on July 23, 2020.
Meanwhile, the senators have accused Governors of devolving corruption, and dared them to record statements with the Anti-graft body and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
The Senate maintained that it will not be derailed by sideshows in its role to oversight County Governments, on the usage of public funds.
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