Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya-FILE
BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,25TH MAY 2017-Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya is a man under siege after Senate committee issued a warrant of arrest against him on Thursday for his refusal to honour summonses to answer audit questions .
The queries arise from the county’s revenue and expenditure accounts for the 2014/15 financial year.
The warrant was issued by the Public Accounts and Investments Committee (PAIC after a consultative meeting with independent commissions, including the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the electoral commission and the office of the Attorney-General.
Mr Oparanya has filed a case in court challenging the powers of the committee to summon governors.
However, the parliamentary legal team told the committee that though the matter is in court, the judge did not issue orders stopping the Senate from summoning the governor.
“There is no order stopping the Senate from summoning the governor,” said PAIC chairman Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu, ODM).
The warrant was issued pursuant to Article 125 of the Constitution, which gives parliamentary committees powers similar to those of the High Court.
The warrant will be prepared by the clerk of the Senate and signed by Prof Nyong’o in his capacity as the chairman.
It will then be presented to the Inspector-General of Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions for action — meaning Mr Oparanya would be presented to the committee to answer the audit queries and, if necessary, dragged to court to face criminal charges.
The committee also plans to write to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission urging it to bar Mr Oparanya from the ballot for failing to account for funds allocated to the county.
But responding Oparanya asked the Senate to stop piling pressure on him to appear before the committee.
The move by Prof Nyong’o’s team, he said, amounted to political witch-hunt.