COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS CASE TO BE HEARD BY THREE JUDGE BENCH.

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Council of Governors Lawyers, senior counsel Ahmednassir Abdullahi,Issa Mansur,Peter Wanyama and Kiambu county government chief of staff National Chairman of staff forum Engineer Sammy Onyango.

BY SAM ALFAN.
High court judge has referred petition by the Council of County Governors to the Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga to appoint bench to hear the application challenging the decision of the senate to summon three county governors.
Justice Isaac Lenaola, said that the issues raised by the aggrieved by the governors can only be determined by an even numbers of judges.
He directed that the matter be mentioned on Monday for further directions.
The council of County Governors 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 Ahamednasir told vacation justice Lenaolar, that the senate has usurped its 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 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.

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