GOVERNORS CHALLENGE SUMMONS BY SENATE

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By SAM ALFAN

Nine Governors has moved to court through an International Legal consultancy Group to stop the Senate from summoning them to answer questions on County government finances.

The petition seeks court orders to restrain the Senate and Clerk of the senate from summoning County Executive Committee members responsible for finance to appear before it to answer questions on County government finances.

Among the nine County bosses are; Keneth Lusaka (Bungoma), Issac Ruto (Bomet), William Kabogo (Kiambu) , Julius Malombe (Kitui), Jack Ranguma (Kisumu), Kinuthia Mbugua (Nakuru), Samuel Tunai (Narok), Hussein Dado (Tana River) and Ahmed Abdullahi (Wajir).

They are seeking the high court to suspedof summons issued on February 8, 2014 by the senate to the nine governors and County Executive Committee Members.

International legal consultancy Group went to court under section 258 to seek redress on the supervisory jurisdiction and protection of fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual.

Governors allege a violation and infringement of articles 1 (1), 2(2), 3(1), 6(2) and 226(2) of the laws of Kenya.

Grounds for the petition are that the senate and its standing Committee on Economic and finance affairs through the clerk of the house has through witness summons, summoned various governors to appear before it from Wednesday, February 19 2014.

 “Article 125 allows the senate powers to summon anyone to appear it, but the same constitution limits this under article 226 states that the accounting officer in the county is answerable to the County assembly.” He said:

Before Judge Mumbi Ngugi, the advocate said the senate is infringing on the powers of the County assembly.

The judge said that the she was satisfied the matter was urgent and certified it and said directed the court clerk to ensure it is listed as a matter of priority to be dealt with.

The matter will be heard tomorrow in the morning before high court Judge Justice,Mumbi Ngugi who directed the lawyer to serve the senate so she can hear their side before issuing further directions.

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