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Governor Iria and Senator Gitura clash during House team probe

By Moses Njagih | July 15th 2016

Political differences between Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria and Senator Kembi Gitura played out before a watchdog committee Thursday.

The governor finally appeared before Senate’s County Public Accounts and Investment Committee to respond to audit queries raised against his administration after snubbing previous invites.

Mr Iria sought not to respond to questions on improprieties raised by Mr Gitura, claiming that the senator’s questions were not in good faith.

Senators accused the county boss of arrogance and showing contempt towards the House team.

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Iria found himself in trouble immediately he walked into the committee room as the Anyang’ Nyong’o-led committee sought an explanation from him for snubbing three committee invites. He only showed up when summons were issued against him.

The committee had threatened to have the county boss arrested had he failed to appear before it Thursday to respond to the queries relating to the 2013-14 financial year.

“It cannot be that you have never received any of our letters inviting you over this matter. We want to hear your explanation as to how you did not even see the paid up newspaper advert, news items in dailies and even an email inviting you here, until we had to issue summons,” said Prof Nyong’o.

But Iria refused to apologise saying he never received the invites.

It later emerged that the governor had not served the officers from the Auditor General with documents responding to the audit queries, until Thursday morning.

Iria protested every time Gitura asked a questions, insisting that he had already made political capital from the audit queries raised.

“He (Gitura) has been using these audit queries whenever he goes to churches, burials and other public functions. He has publicly taken positions on these matters and I feel my case would be highly prejudiced if he continues asking these questions,” Iria said.

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