Governor accuses Senate of politicising County audit reports
19 September 2014, 21:34
Nairobi - Kwale Governor, Salim Mvuyra has accused the Senate's County Public Accounts and Investments committee of politicising the Auditor General's report on how counties spent the allocated funds.
Mvuyra said some governors have defied the committee's summons to account for the expenditure of the funds because the grilling is politicised and meant to underrate the County bosses.
"The reason why governors are not appearing before this committee is because it has been politicised. The Auditor General's reports should be handled by this committee not at the rallies," said Mvuyra.
"There has been a consistent reference to the Auditor General's report in rallies by senators yet deliberations are still ongoing," he added.
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He added that politicians opposed to the referendum have also been using the reports to blackmail governors in their push for more County funding.
Mvuyra asked the committee's chair, Bonny Khalwale to stop politicians opposed to the referendum from using the Auditor General's reports in rallies to castigate governors when deliberations on the audit findings are underway.
However, Khalwale opposed to Mvuyra's sentiments saying the report findings are already in the public domain as required by the Constitution's provision of the right to access public information by citizens.
"This committee does its work independently and in a focused manner. We have nothing to do with the political rhetoric out there," said Khalwale.
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West Pokot Senator, John Lonyangapuo who is also a member of the committee supported Khalwale and said the defiant governors have vowed publicly not to honor the committee's summons.
"You should not question if critics on their accountability have decided to dig on them in public too," said Lonyangapuo.
The committee gave Mvuyra three weeks to appear before them and deliberate on how the County spent the allocated KES 62 million from the Transition Authority in 2013.
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