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Governor Nyong’o risks being arrested if he fails to appear before the Senate

Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o risks being arrested or pay a fine amounting to Sh. 500,000 should he fails to honour the summon by Senate Committee on Health for the second time. 

The Senate Health Committee had summoned the Kisumu Governor to explain how his administration spent Sh. 209 million Covid-19 funds.

“Should you fail to appear before the committee on the said date and specified time, the committee may impose on you a fine or may order your arrest as specified in the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act, 2017.”

“You may also be guilty of an offence in terms of section 27 of the Powers and Privileges Act for which you shall be liable for conviction to a fine of Sh200,000 or six months in prison or both,” the summons by Senate clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye reads.

This is after the Auditor General Nancy Gathungu presented an audit report to the Senate which required the Governor to respond to some questions over the report.

Gathungu observed that the Kisumu County Boss contravened public spending laws that demand approved plans for all budgeting processes.

According to his report, County spent the Covid-19 fund without following the right procedure.

The Auditor also noted that Kisumu County did not spend Sh930,000 on frontline healthcare workers allowances and delayed the transfer of Sh7.7 million, from Danida to hospitals.

Nyong’o was expected at the Senate on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 but failed to appear prompting the Committee to schedule a virtual meeting set for April 30 at 9 am over the matter.

The Senate committee want him to appear in person to give evidence or provide information regarding the queries.

He has also been requested to submit documents, to the committee, by close of business Wednesday next week.

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