MPs query orders clipping governors' powers

Samburu Governor Samuel Lenolkulal. [File, Standard]
A watchdog committee now wants Parliament to state its position on a court ruling that barred governors charged in court from accessing their offices.

The Senate Public Accounts Committee is seeking clarification whether the ruling is applicable to all State officers.

The matter arose yesterday when Samburu Governor Samuel Lenolkulal (pictured) skipped a grilling session with the committee on the basis that he has been blocked from office.

Committee chair and Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’ said the ruling could open a Pandora’s box since it could also be applied to MPs and members of county assemblies facing trial.

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“What happens if a senator tomorrow faces a similar case? Would they be barred from Parliament? Would they be barred from attending committee meetings?" posed Mr Kajwang’.

The committee said the matter may form part of their plenary discussions when the 67 senators convene in Kitui next week.

Lawyers and human rights activists are on record calling for elected leaders facing criminal charges to be barred from office.

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Former LSK President Isaac Okero said the matter revolves around Chapter Six of the Constitution on leadership and integrity.

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