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Governors snubbing summons to be arrested

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Governors snubbing summonses to be arrested

By ALLAN TAWAI

Kenyan Governors who defy summons to respond to county matters under probe will soon be arrested and arraigned in court.

This is after Senate watchdog committee said it will enact a law allowing senators to issue warrants of arrest to the insolent governors.

According to Senate Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Moses Kajwang, on Thursday, told The Star that his team will put the law proposed by the outgoing prosecutions boss Keriako Tobiko in place to deal with rogue governors.

The Director of Public Prosecutions last year asked PAC members led by former Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong’o to introduce new provisions in the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill, 2014 to issue warrants of arrest and fines to uncooperative governors.

Tobiko advised senators following Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya’s failure to honor the committee summonses to respond to audit queries on suspicious county expenditures from the time he assumed office in 2013.

“We will tighten loopholes in the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges law. There are big gaps in the law, hence, need to be strengthened in totality considering that our devolution is barely five years,” Kajwang said.

Senators relied on the DPP to have governors defying committee summonses be prosecuted but the High Court barred the prosecution’s office from using the Penal Code provision to prefer charges on belligerent county bosses.

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The court, instead, directed that uncooperative governors should be punished under the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act provisions.

The Act, however, lacks the provision for parliamentary committees to independently issue warrants of arrests and fines, among other penalties.

The Homa Bay Senator, reiterated that his committee will ensure all the 47 governors appear before them to account for billions of county funds they receive from the exchequer.

“If you have nothing to hide, why would you not want to appear before Senate? I want to ensure that governors are treated in a dignified manner when they appear before my committee because they are also elected leaders,” he said.

The committee is expected to grill former top county leaders who are now senior government officials.

The officials include Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka (ex Bungoma governor), Senate Majority Chief Whip Susan Kihika (ex Nakuru County Speaker), State House Comptroller nominee Kinuthia Mbugua (former Nakuru governor) and Cabinet Secretary nominee Ukur Yattani (former Marsabit Governor).

They are expected to respond to audit reports for 2015-16 financial years the Auditor General Edward Ouko presented to Senate last December.

The reports accuse them for suspicious expenditures and irregular management practices while in office before the August 2017 general election.

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“In the event the committee requires information, it will be proper for us to call people who were holding those offices,” Kajwang said.

“Whether it is Kihika, Lusaka or former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma, they still have a duty to respond to audit queries raised in their personal capacity. We will call them because we have constitutional powers to summon anybody.”

Kajwang put the auditor general on the spot for breaking the law by delaying to release audit reports for Senate to scrutinize and hold culpable public servants accountable.

“We received the 2015-16 audit reports in December; therefore we are one year behind. This is unacceptable and the auditor general will have to tell us challenges he faces in beating the constitutional timelines,” Kajwang said.

Article 229 of Constitution and the Public Audit Act require the auditor to release the reports to Parliament after six months of closure of the financial year for MPs to scrutinize within three months and write a report.

The County Public Accounts and Investment committee chair stated that they need to work closely with Ouko’s office in terms of building capacity for auditors to do proper auditing and release reports on time.

“If he is fully convinced that there is need to amend the constitutional audit timelines, it should be put on the table,” Kajwang said.

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He pointed out that Senate should also reinstate House committee on Implementation to ensure all resolutions members make in terms of recommendations are quickly and fully acted upon by relevant government agencies.

Kajwang disclosed that Senate had many challenges with investigating agencies such as the DPP’s office, EACC and CID in the last Parliament on acting on recommendations forwarded to them.

“We are sure the DPP will have new leadership, DCI already has new leadership and we will engage with them so that once Parliament makes a recommendation they act immediately,” he said.

 

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PHOTOS: I missed job opportunities because I wasn’t slim – sexy KBC presenter Ray Manyara

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Body shaming seems to be the order of the day on social media and pubic figures are the most targeted.

Milly Chebby, Lynda Nyangweso, Neomi Nganga, Yummy Mummy and Sandra Dacha aka Siprosa are among the many who’ve been body shammed and they campaign for body positivity.

KBC presenter Regina Ray Manyara has revealed that she was recently body shammed by a woman.

She also narrated how she couldn’t secure a job in the media because they were hiring slim women only.

‘SOME LADY CALLED ME FAT….yes
Anyway other than it making me question like who asked for your opinion?
I went back to years, while I was starting my career where for one to anchor/become a TV presenter required one to be slim fit!( perception silent clauses) I was left out of the qualifying list often on account of body size…but here I am today-Doubling as a reporter and newscaster. Long story short…If you are concerned about my weight or anyone’s ( seek them out personally only if you have a remedy!)
Besides, if my size doesn’t bother me, why should it bother you?
*GO FIND WHO HURT YOU*
#bodyshamingiswrong
#bodyshamming IS real!’ she posted.

Check out photos of the beautiful Ray Manyara

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Ray’s followers encouraged her to be comfortable in her own body and ignore critics.

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Claire Wambui I once went through the same aki. I had depression after loosing my unborn baby. But I soldiered on coz I am the only one who knows what I am/was going through. But I love our chubby bodies.

Winnie Wilfred Why do people like body-shaming others, people should be thinned by theirs, must they comment just to make you feel bad.. you’re beautiful and wonderful made, and never let anyone underline the one anyone, bring you down…let those fools be, and they have the temerity to question you about you own body, people should grow up.

Tatu Karema You look fabulous! And yes FAT is beautiful 😘….aliyesema kukonda ndio urembo ni nani???????

Lynace Mwashighadi U are perfect. Just the way u are!!!

Kenny Rodgers Haters gonna hate, kelele za chura haiwezi kumfanya ng’ombe asikunywe maji… Keep doing what you do best mwari

Mariah Amor Ngugi Beautiful inside and out! I love the way you look since hizo enzi.

Monica Wandia Who said slim is beautiful…..U are gorgeous and with all the African woman curves… Who hurt her???

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‘We met in a bar,’ How Kansiime and bae’s relationship started

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Ugandan comedian Anne Kansiime is dating Youtuber SkyLanta. The two have been giving fans a glimpse into how their relationship started as well as what they like and dislike about one another among others.

Skylanta opened up on the day he met the comedianne.

I met her in a bar and that night, she was buying alcohol and I was like I came to spend money but if these celebrity is splashing money why not.

Kansiime added;

I was supposed to meet my sister but she came with this guy called Sky they used to do music together.

Her boyfriend even joked that she was the one who hit on him first.

The two said their first kiss was horrible.

“We had the worst first kiss.”

They have been dating for more than a year. This is after Kansiime and her husband separated.

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Anita Nderu finally comes out, confirms she is a member of LGBTQ

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Media personality and content creator Anita Nderu has left tongues wagging after coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community via a tweet.

This she did via the tweet below.

‘I hope my kids never have to go through what I have gone through for being LGBTQ+.’

 Below are some of the reactions

@MatthewMuhindi: Yeah lesbian couples can get kids @AnitaNderu, you can use the IVF method in vertro fertilization ..

In this option, one partner provides the eggs, which are fertilized with donor sperm, and the other carries the pregnancy… All the best. 

@Jwmungai: No one should be judged or accused of his or her sexual orientation…. Everyone has a right to what h/she thinks is right.

@Sesyline_KE: Funny Kenyans don’t know Lesbian couples can have kids, am happy for Anita, I really don’t mind who people choose to be with I hope in the future things change.

@Josefmasta: Whichever way you describe it a man will be involved even if it’s just donating sperms.

@Out_look470: For me and my body I shall always do what the Bible says,hakuna mahali tumeambiwa eti Sarah saw her sister and she bore her a son named Isaac. Hakuna!

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