Don’t misuse powers, governors tell Senate

Governors have opened a new war front with the Senate by giving conditions that must be met before they can appear before House committees. The Council of Governors (CoG) which is chaired by Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok says the Senate has powers to summon governors only on matters relating to funds from the National government and not those touching on county-generated revenue, loans and grants.

In a statement, the CoG which announced that it will hold a four-day induction conference for new governors and deputy governors after the election, said senators should not summon governors about matters pending before the County Assembly.

The induction forum, which is scheduled for September 4 to 7 in Mombasa, would be used to align the visions of the new county bosses with the spirit and principles of devolution.

Quoting the High Court ruling which said the Senate had no basis of summoning Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya if he had been cleared by the County Assembly, the CoG argued the powers of the Senate were restricted to matters of revenue allocated by the National government.

The statement sent by its Director of Communications Andrew Teyie, said senators can only take audit queries raised by the Auditor General if the matter is not before the County Assembly.

According to CoG, if the County Assembly has considered the Auditor General’s report, the Senate can take up the matter and may take into account findings of the assembly.

“Where the Auditor General has submitted its report to the County Assembly under Article 229 (7) and (8) for consideration, the spirit of Article 6 (2) and Article 10 of the Constitution prohibits the Senate from simultaneously considering the report,” reads the statement.

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