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Governor Wa Iria stops his arrest after skipping senate committee

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Murang'a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria has obtained a court order suspending his arrest for snubbing three summons by a Senate oversight committee to respond to financial audit queries.

In the order issued by Justice Kanyi Kimondo, the court has also barred police from interfering with the governor's liberty over any summons to appear before the Senate Committee on County Public Accounts and Investments.

The judge issued the order after the governor moved to court to challenge a letter written by the Committee to Inspector General of police seeking his arrest for disobeying the summons. In his ruling, Justice Kimondo reached a preliminary conclusion that the Committee’s decision to issue the warrant of arrest without giving Mr Wairia a hearing and directing the Police boss to arrest him was unwarranted and arbitrary.

"There is no evidence at this stage demonstrating that the governor and Murang'a county government were accorded a hearing before the disputed decision was taken," said the judge. He said the Senate failed to explain “in a satisfactory manner why they insisted on in-person appearance by the governor at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic”.