Matiang'i given urgent order

New headache for Matiang'i

Matiang’i had been summoned to appear before the committee alongside his Cabinet colleagues Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture), Adan Mohammed (Industrialization), and Henry Rotich (Treasury).

While all the three CSs were grilled in a lengthy session that lasted several hours, it was a no show for the all-powerful Interior CS.

The Interior CS did not offer an explanation for his absence, prompting the committee’s co-chair Kanini Kega to invoke Article 125 of the constitution that gives parliamentary committees the same powers as that of the High Court with regard to summoning of witnesses.

“We invited him to appear before the committee but he did not do so. We give him the opportunity to appear before us tomorrow at 10am. Let the minister know that this is not a question of choice,” the legislator ordered.

The CS is expected to explain to MPs his claim that there was mercury in the illicit sugar impounded in the ongoing crackdown on illicit sugar.

Earlier in the year, Matiang'i was convicted of contempt of court after he refused to honour numerous court orders requiring him to appear before various courts to explain the whereabouts of activist Miguna Miguna.

The CS was fined Sh200,000 but it remains unclear is the fine was honoured as the matter was referred to the Court of Appeal.

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