By Ndungu Gachane
The decision by the Senate Accounts Committee to order for the arrest of Governor Mwangi Wa Iria next week over his alleged failure to appear before the committee has elicited showdown between the Council of Governors and the Senate.
Following a letter to Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai signed by JM Nyengenye, the clerk of the Senate calling for the arrest of Governor Wa Iria, the Council of Governors has called for an emergency extra ordinary council of Governors virtual meeting to discuss the conduct of the Senate on arrest warrant.
In a letter dated September 2, and cited as urgent signed by COG chair Wycliffe Oparanya the main agenda will be to discuss the move considering the earlier decision by Speaker Ken Lusaka to suspend the physical meetings following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The instructions from the Speaker in a letter dated July 30, suspended the meetings for 30 days but the same has not been revised by the Senate Liaison Committee.
“That noting the escalation in the Covid-19 pandemic situation and the delicate phase into which the country may be entering, physical sittings of committees be suspended for a period of 30 days effective July 30 2020 and that consequently all sittings of Senate Committees be held virtual platforms during this period and that the situation be retrieved at the expiry of that period,” the directive read in part.
The move by the Speaker exposes the big man syndrome by the Accounts Committee as it now appears that their main interest is for governors to appear at the committee for intimidations and show of might.