GOVERNORS RESIST SENATE SUMMONS OVER COUNTY CASH.

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Council of County Governors lawyer Peter Wanyama who filed an application seeking order to quash the decision of the Senate to issue summons against three governors at Milimani Law Court in Nairobi.

BY SAM ALFAN.
Council of County Governors has moved to court seeking order to quash the decision of the Senate to issue summons against three governors.
The trio Isaac Ruto (Bomet) William Kabogo (Kiambu) and Jack Ranguma of Kisumu county were summoned to appear before the Senate on 26 August to answer questions relating to financial management in their respective county governments.
Their lawyer Peter Wanyama told vacation judge Justice Weldon Korir that the senate has usurped constitutional power of the county assemblies, saying the senate is not the accounting officers capable of issuing the summons.
He told the court it’s the county executive committee and chief officers at the counties who are the actual officers who supposed to appear before it and not the governors.
The lawyer submitted that has via a resolution passed in the house on 14 August 2014 purported to ask the national treasury and the controller of budget not to release funds to the three counties.
The resolution is illegal and contravenes the constitution and the if the same is adopted the operations at the counties may ground to a halt on account of the said unconstitutional actions of the senate, he said.
The matter was certified urgent and the petitioners directed to serve the senate for inter parties hearing on 21 August 2014 for directions and orders.

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