By Ndungu Gachane
Council of Governors (COG) has accused the Senate Accounts Committee of engaging in an extortion spree by demanding to physically meet governors to answer audit queries and want the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to investigate the committee.
The Council through its chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya talked in reference to the Committee’s decision to order for the arrest of Governor Mwangi Wa Iria after he requested for a virtual meeting following Speaker Ken Lusaka’s directives for the committee to suspend the physical meetings until Covid-19 pandemic is managed by the government.
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On Wednesday, the clerk of the Senate wrote to the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai directing him to deploy police and arrest the county boss to answer the audit queries of 2015/2016 financial year.
The matter saw the COG convene an extra ordinary emergency meeting today (Thursday) where the chairperson directed the governors to snub the physical meetings until the Covid-19 is over and when the formula on revenue allocation is solved and funds disbursed to Counties.
“It is unfortunate that some of the issues being raised by the Senate have been all along. We hereby categorically state that governors will not bow down to the extortionist nature of the County Public Accounts and Investment Committee and will only appear virtually until Cobid-19 pandemic is over and funds has been disbursed to County governments,” Mr Oparanya said in a statement.
He continued “We call upon the EACC and the DCI to investigate the County Public Accounts and Investments Committee of the Senate on this matter of extortion.
The committee has been demanding the county bosses to appear physically before the Senate even when there exists a directive from the Speaker suspending the meetings owing to the increased cases of Coronavirus in Senate.