Thursday, 25 June 2015

Court approves Senate to summon governors

A 3 judge bench yesterday ruled that senators have the mandate to vet governors because the  constitution provides that the Senate has the oversight obligation on accountability and management of county funds.

The bench lead by Justice Isaac Lenaola, Mumbi Ngugi, George Odunga have ruled that despite the fact governors are county bosses, they do not have to right to deny summons by senators.

The judgement however said that Senators have no mandate to direct treasury on which counties would receive funds and which ones would be denied.

The judgement, read by Odunga said that if the governors felt that they should not be asked questions then their County Executives could represent them and respond to certain issues.

The Council of Governors had moved to court questioning the jurisdiction of the Senate Parliament to summon county governors.