By County Assembly Communication Office.
Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati today failed to honor summonses to appear before the County Assembly Committee of ICT and Public Administration.
The Governor who was expected before the committee at 9.00am instead sent a letter through the County Secretary Mr. Joseph Wambati poking holes in the summons and the procedure followed.
The committee Members had convened early enough in readiness for the arrival of the Governor.
Hon. Wangamati said the summonses were illegal, un-procedural and unconstitutional pointing out that the Clerk to the County Assembly Mr. John Mosongo did not sign the same as required by law. The summonses were signed by County Assembly Speaker Hon. Emmanuel Situma.
But the committee Chair Hon. Mjaimbo Okumu pointed out that the Governor cannot hide behind the technicalities to skip and appearance and avoid answering critical questions on governance.
The Governor further alleged that the committee on Public Administration had already taken a premeditated position that there is misinformation and incitement of the public on matters governance.
He further said the Chair of the Committee Hon. Majimbo Okumu has made public comments on the matters raised before the committee thus raising doubt on his impartiality to adjudicate the matter.
The Governor said he can only appear before the committee of the Whole House at a later date to be agreed upon.
Committee members gave varied reactions to the Governors snub with a section calling for very tough sanctions including his impeachment for violation of the law.
Some members said the Governors decision not to honour the summonses constitute violation of the County Assembly Privileges Act that can be aground for his impeachment.
Other members said the Governor’s action have been disrespectful and demeaning to the County Assembly.
The County Assembly Legal Office said summonses to a witness to appear cannot be controverted by a letter from the County Secretary.
The committee had summoned the Governor to explain circumstances under which the recruitment of Village Administrators is ongoing despite the lack of a budget.
The committee further wanted the governor to explain how the recruitment is before undertaken without the County Assembly’s approval of the Task Force report on Physical Delimitation and Delineation of Village Administrative Unit Boundaries.
The Governor was equally expected to explain his remarks that MCAS and the Speaker awarded themselves Car grants without a budgetary provision.
Also lined up before the committee was an explanation from the Governor on the late submission of statutory documents to the County Assembly.
The ground is set for a bruising battle on the village administrators’ recruitment with the two key players pulling in opposite directions. None is willing to budge.