EACC Maps Out Harsh Punishment For Governors Who Snub Senate Summons

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has warned that governors will face arrest if they fail to answer Senate summons especially in regards to accounting for public funds.

The commission’s deputy Chief Executive Officer Michael Mubea said governors were not immune and could be charged for breach of integrity.

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Mr. Mubea said this while meeting with a Senate committee to deliberate on how the government and its investigating agencies could improve partnership to battle corruption in counties.

The commission is appealing to senators to submit reports for such county bosses to enable the anti-graft agencies carry out their investigations.

Mr. Mubea said that as State officers, governors are bound by chapter six of the Constitution on leadership and integrity. Declining to respond to any parliamentary summon will be a breach of the law.

”Failure to appear is unethical. Our country cannot be taken to the dogs, where people don’t obey the law,” he told a Senate Committee on Wednesday.

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Mr. Mubea did however admit that specific law to prosecute governors was not available in the constitution. He thereby called to have specific sanctions in the law to address such situations specifically in cases of leaders who deliberately fail to answer summons in regards to public funds.

Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong’o said during the meeting that summons issued to governors and county assemblies are ignored because the Judiciary and other government agencies responsible for enforcement frustrate the process.

“We have had cases where counties submit falsified documents to the committee to explain audit queries. Conviction rates on matters of corruption are also minimal.”

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Also present at the meeting was the Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Ndegwa Muhoro, Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko and Assets and Recovery Agency Director Muthoni Kimani.