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Ethuro urges Governors to honor Senate summons

06 August 2014, 20:24 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Senate Speaker, Ekwe Ethuro has called on the governors to honor various Senate committees’ summons saying it is intended to establish their responsibility and accountability in spending the allocated county funds.

Ethuro said the Constitution guarantees the Parliamentary committee powers to invite anybody to appear before them to clarify on certain issues failure to which the committee issues summons with legal consequences if defied.

“Governors should know that appearing before the Senate committee is not a death sentence but the need to be listened to on certain things,” said Ethuro.

“Governors have a sense of responsibility as County CEOs because backs lie on them. They have to adhere to the House committee’s summons like any other person as provided in the Constitution,” he added.

He also said the move to establish County Government Boards to be chaired by Senators is intended to bring together the elected leaders for effectiveness in serving people.

“The Act providing for the creation of County Government Board between the Senate and County Governments is a platform to bring together the elected leaders. My stand on the creation of the proposed Boards will depend on the House’s resolution,” asserted Ethuro.

The Senate Speaker added that governors should deceased from pushing for referendum seeking more funding of 45% to the counties from the national government, saying the Senate is engaging the National Treasury on the issue.

He said despite the Constitutional provision of 15% monetary allocation to the counties from the national government, the Senate has of late pushed for more funding to the county governments and added that governors give them ample time.

“Senate is engaging the National Treasury to consider more funding to counties in the 2014/2015 supplementary budget and governors should not worry because Rome was not built in a day, we are making progress,” assured Ethuro.

Ethuro’s sentiments to governors come at a time when the Bomet Governor, Isaac Rutto failed to appear before the Senate’s Tuesday summon seeking to probe into the county’s expenditure of  KES 75 million that is allegedly misappropriated.

Rutto had instead sent the County Secretary and other officials to represent him, a move that made the Senate’s County Public Accounts and Investment committee Chairman, Bonny Khalwale to dismiss the delegated team and issued another summon to Rutto.

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