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Senate issues warning to CSs who defy summonses

17 July 2015, 09:19 Samuel Kisika

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.

Ethuro said the Senate will not hesitate to take action against a Cabinet Secretary who fails to honor summonses without a reasonable apology.

Ethuro’s 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.

Education 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.

“On 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.

“The Cabinet 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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