Bishop faults senators for summoning governors
18 February 2014, 18:04
Bungoma - Bungoma Anglican Bishop, George Mechumo has faulted the senate for summoning nine county governors and accused the house of overstepping their mandate saying they are being driven by malice.
Speaking to journalists at his office on Tuesday, Mechumo said the summonses to the county governors are in bad faith, which he noted stems from an existing protracted supremacy battle between the two constitutional offices.
The Senate Committee on Finance and Commerce and Economic Affairs has summoned nine governors to appear before it for grilling on use of public funds in their counties, on diverse dates between February 18 and February 26.
“Governors as are not answerable to Senators at all. The senators should have instead summoned executive officers for finance for questioning. Even in a country, nobody grills a sitting president. This should be the same with the governors who are like the head of states of the devolved units,” said Bishop Mechumo, who also added that the senate also overstepped its mandate in approving the impeachment of Governor Martin Wambora by his Embu County Assembly.
He explained that constitutionally, governors are the chief executive officers of their counties, and that they should wield the attendant executive powers that come with their office.
“We have seen a section of senators raising issues with governors flying flags and referring to themselves as ‘His Excellency’; this should not be the case, as the county governors come above them in the perking order, ” said the cleric.
“My fear is that the senators in the committee will go overboard in asserting their authority, so as to prove who among the Governors and Senators wields more power,” said Bishop Mechumo.
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