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Governor Mutua escapes arrest

Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua who was staring at arrest after an arrest warrant was issued has been spared.

Mutua found himself on a tight spot after County Public Accounts and Investment Committee went after him with an arrest warrant issued after the county boss failed to honour summons to appear before the committee.

On his ruling, Judge Justice James Mutua noted that the parliament summoned the Machakos Governor in an unrestrained manner and that he was condemned without hearing his side of the story.

The Committee Chaired by Homabay Senator Moses Kajwang’ claimed that the Governor violated the law for having not appeared before the Senate to respond to County financial accounts for three times.

“This Committee therefore directs that Governor Alfred Mutua be arrested for having failed to honour the summons of the Senate,” Kajwang’ stated.

However, Governor Mutua defended himself through his lawyers stating that he was not in the country during the summons and therefore he could not appear before the Senate Committee to respond to County finance account matters as was demanded by the Senate.

The Constitution has given Parliament the powers to summon anyone, including Governors to appear before it for the purpose of providing the required information.

“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 honour a summons,” the act reads.

Some Governors have been fined in the recent past for having failed to appear before the Senate Committees to provide required information on how their County Government operates.

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Written by Kennedy Omondi

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