Senate issues warning to CSs who defy summonses
17 July 2015, 09:19
Nairobi – Senate Speaker, Ekwe Ethuro has issued a warning to Cabinet
Secretaries failing to honor House committee invitations to respond
to matters affecting County residents across the country.
the Senate will not hesitate to take action against a Cabinet Secretary
who fails to honor summonses without a reasonable apology.
warning came after Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph
Nkaissery failed to appear before Senate’s Education
committee on Wednesday to respond to inquiries on insecurity situation
affecting learning in volatile North Eastern region.He did not sent an apology.
Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi was also to appear before the same
Senate committee to respond to similar issues but sent an apology
because he was hosting Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi who
delivered a public lecture at the University of Nairobi on extremism radicalization.
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Nkaissery’s failure to turn up before the
committee angered the Senators who raised the matter in the House on
grounds that it was becoming a routine for Cabinet Secretaries to
dishonor invitations hence not taking Senate seriously.
Thursday next week don’t invite the Health CS, James Macharia but summon
him to appear before the departmental Health committee failure to which
consequences are clear because we want them to respond to important
issues affecting Kenyans,” warned Ethuro in response to Kakamega
Senator, Boni Khwalwale’s request for the CS to explain why malaria
pandemic was on rise in western region.
Khalwale had raised
concerns that the disease was on rise among young children in Kakamega,
Bungoma, Kisii, and other counties in Nyanza region yet the Health
ministry was doing little to contain it.
Secretary has to come and explain why enough medical officers have not
been posted to malaria-bound regions of western region and why his ministry
has not put measures in place to stop the spread of the preventable
disease,” said Khalwale.
Kisumu Senator, Anyang’ Nyong’o said
the ministry could have put preventive measures in place before the
onset of long rains in western region to prevent the spread of malaria.
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