Boinnet clashes with Senate over Governor Mwangi Wa Iria's arrest
SEE ALSO :Residents reject water policyThe tug of war between Iria’s administration and five water companies has seen the World Bank withdraw a Sh130 million loan for the giant Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company (Muwasco). Trouble started after the governor issued an executive order directing residents not to pay bills to Muwasco. In mid-October, the Senate issued the summonses after Iria, for the second time in a row, skipped an invitation to testify. Mr Githiomi took the matter to the floor of the House where he expressed his displeasure with the response and conduct of Boinnet. “We are demanding that this governor be brought before the committee so that he can answer questions pertaining to the shortage and non-supply of water in Murang’a,” said Githiomi.
SEE ALSO :This man Prophet OwuorHe continued: “The IG should be educated on law to know that he does not need any document from the court to arrest the governor." Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr said it was wrong for Boinnet to demand a court order before effecting the directive. He noted that under Article 125 of the Constitution, parliamentary committees had powers similar to the High Court. “As a Senate, we cannot work like that with the IG. We must make it clear that if a committee issues an order for anybody to appear, they do not need a court order for they are a court. This cannot be a negotiation,” said Mr Kilonzo.