Tobiko orders CID to arrest Oparanya for ignoring summons

By Doreen Apollos/Micheal Njuguna

The director of public prosecution Keriako Tobiko this afternoon ordered for the immediate arrest and interrogation of Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

Tobiko ordered his arrest following a complaint by the clerk of the senate for failure to comply with senate summons.

The senator accused Oparanya for defying summons by the senate’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to appear before the committee to shed light on audit queries raised by the Auditor General in the county expenditure in the financial year 2013/2014.

The committee wrote to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to arrest and frog march the governor to face the senators.

The committee argued that under Article 125 of the Constitution on the Powers and Privileges Act, Oparanya will definitely face the consequences for refusal to subject himself to accountability.

Oparanya has previously indicated that he is ready to face the committee if need be but stated that the auditor general’s report had not been tabled in the county assembly as required and neither had the accounting officers appeared before the assembly’s committee.

He termed the process as incomplete adding that it does not warrant him face the senate committee and maintained the summons were political witchhunt.

Elsewhere, following the ongoing Eurobond investigations, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has said it has powers to summon any individual who it believes has useful information to appear before it to shed more light on the matter.

In a statement the commission CEO Halakhe Waqo said the commission powers to summon any individual within Kenya is anchored in the Anti Corruption and Economic Crime act of 2013 and section 26 of the leadership and integrity act of the 2012.

Waqo says any person who obstructs, hinder, assaults or threatens an officer of the commission if found guilty is liable on conviction or a fine not exceeding five million shillings or a jail term not exceeding five years or both.

The commission says it can invoke the National Police Service powers and order arrest of any individual who fails to honour its summons.

The clarification follows failure by the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to appear before the commission Thursday to shed more light on what he knows about the Eurobond saga.

Raila, through his lawyers, has written to the EACC asking the commission to first conduct primary investigations into available evidence on the Eurobond files before seeking his input.

The ODM party leader has in the past week been vocal over allegations that some money from the Eurobond proceeds are uncounted for.



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