Senators to turn down Governors’ immunity proposal

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,10TH JULY 2018-Governors  will have to think for another way to have immunity from civil and criminal legal proceedings granted to them after  Senators stated  that they will oppose it if presented before the Upper House.

Senate County Public Accounts and Investments Committee (CPAIC) Vice-Chairman Mithika Linturi  has termed the proposal for immunity while in office as misplaced and unconstitutional.

“The first term of devolution reports clearly shows a lot of money was misappropriated. When they tell us they have pending bills of Sh99b, the more reason we should never give Governors immunity from prosecution. We cannot give them immunity to create more mess,” said the Meru Senator.

On his side  the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee Chairman Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja) had earlier told a news conference that the demand that Governors need to enjoy immunity as “crazy.”

“If they are clamouring for such to seal corruption, they’ve lost it. The CoG is an institution created to help advance the cause of devolution and not for selfish interest of immunity of governors,” he stated.

Senate Minority Whip Mutula Kilonzo Jnr equally dismissed the call as “wishful and fallacious.”

He joined Kenyans and fellow legislators in demanding they must be accountable.

“It is wishful and fallacious for Governors to seek for immunity in civil and criminal proceedings like the Head of State. We can only have one President at a time. Wasome Katiba (Let them read the Constitution),” the Makueni Senator said.

Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen (Elegyo-Marakwet) through a post on his Twitter handle said the immunity for Governors must never be entertained.

“I totally agree with Council of Governors that the fight against corruption must be done within the law. But devolution is under attack by corruption not enforcement. Immunity for Governors? NEVER. The grant of bail must be guaranteed to all suspects but NO sacred cows,” he stated.

Council of Governors (CoG) Chairman Josphat Nanok on Monday called on the Director of Public Prosecutions to stop ordering the arrest of Governors and demanded immunity from prosecution following the arrest and charging of their Busia counterpart, Sospeter Ojaamong.

 

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