Differences between Murang’a County Governor Mwangi wa Iria and his Senator Kembi Gitura erupted before the Senate Public Accounts and Investments Committee (PAC) after Gitura was invited as a friend of the Committee, to participate in questioning Wa-Iria in-relation to County audit queries raised by the Auditor General, Edward Ouko.
He requested that the senator leaves the Committee for he would prejudice the grilling process given that Gitura uses audit reports to rival him politically in events conducted in the County.
Differences started when Gitura asked him to explain to the Committee how the County Public Service Board was instituted, with the senator saying the governor unconstitutionally instituted the Board.
There differences led to halting of the PAC sitting severally, until Gitura assured that Wa-Iria should have nothing to fear from him, if he has issues affecting the people of Murang’a at heart.
The grilling further continued after Senator Bonny Khalwale- a member of the Committee, threatened to declare governor Wa-Iria a hostile witness if he continued to withhold information needed by the Committee.
Senator Gitura and his governor are political rivals, as he (Gitura) eyes Wa-Iria’s post come August 2017 in General Elections.
Lamu County governor Issa Timami also appeared before Kisumu senator Anyang’ Nyong’o-led Committee on Thursday afternoon ahead of appearance of Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, next week.
Mombasa County governor Ali Hassan Joho appeared before the Committee early in the week.