You are not our prefect, senators tell Muturi
16 October 2015, 08:12
Nairobi – A section of senators have told off the National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi over his remarks that the Senate has failed in oversighting the expenditure of County funds.
Eight senators led by Boni Khalwale (Kakamega) claimed that National Assembly has been an impediment to the Senate in discharging its mandates especially frustrating it through continued delay in adoption, forwarding and passage of some bills.
“It is wrong for Muturi to say Senate has failed in its oversight role. My accounts committee has dealt with audit reports in 47 counties and Muturi cannot tell the public that we have failed when he doesn’t know what we are doing. He is not our prefect and we don’t report to him,” said Khalwale.
Khalwale reminded Muturi that he has been on record admitting loss of public funds under his watch as the chairman of the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) and asked him to focus on addressing the matter instead of lecturing the Senate.
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“The Speaker should face the problems facing the commission like theft of funds. He is not aware of the happenings in Senate committees. We are not required to answer to him,” he said.
Senators Moses Wetangula (Bungoma), John Lonyangapuo (West Pokot), Billow Kerrow (Mandera), Mutula Kilonzo Jnr (Makueni), Peter Mositet (Kajiado), Ben Njoroge (Nominate) and Catherine Mukiite (Nominated) present at a press briefing at Parliament Buildings challenged Muturi to ensure the National Assembly oversights funds at the national level.
“Article 96 of the Constitution expressly vests the oversight role over counties in the Senate and not the National Assembly. Governors, the Executive and the Assemblies leadership have been appearing the Senate; if this is not oversight then we do not know,” said Kerrow.
He maintained that Muturi is not the right person to tell the Senate what to do since its mandates are clearly envisaged in the Constitution.
“He should remove the log in his eye before he points at the specs in another’s eye. The National Assembly has completely failed to oversight the looting in the National government,” he added.
The senators said they were properly and lawfully discharging their mandate and that Muturi intends to undermine it.
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