CIC heads to court to stop parliementary summons
22 October 2014, 17:51
Nairobi - The Constitution Implementation Commision CIC has moved to court to stop parliament from summoning Cabinet Secretaries CS's.
CIC made the move Wednesday following MP's insistence that CS's must attend the summons in accordance to the oversight authority the constitution gives the house.
CIC boss Charles Nyachae has insisted that the summons are illegal and unconstitutional.
" There is no provision for the summons anywhere in the constitution," he has said previously.
This followed the suspension of the summons Tuesday by Speaker Justin Muturi to pave way for consultation between parliament and the executive.
Muturi made the directive Tuesday in the house following intervention by
the government last week over the summons, where it urged CS's not to
Through Chief of staff Joseph Kuria, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that there was need for consultation first before the
directives were heeded.
The first batch of CS's Charity Ngilu of
Lands, Joseph Ole Lenku of Interior and Education's Jacob Kaimenyi
arrived in parliament last week but only Ngilu faced the house oversight
According to Muturi, there will be consultation before a way forward is decided on.
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MP's though, say that the suspension of summons is disregard of house standing orders and
violation of the constitution, saying that the house
has been awarded an oversight role by law.
They insist that they would lobby for the summons to be recalled as soon as possible.
The Law Society of Kenya LSK is also against the summons.
CS's had shown a willingness to attend the summons, saying that they did not see any problems in being questioned by MP's.
This is an initiative that will bring openness to our activities and
because there is nothing to hide, I see not big deal in attending, Ngilu
said of her summon.
Leader of Majority Aden Duale had said that
the summons would continue this week upon the conclusion of talks with
the executive but to no avail.
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