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Mutua accuses Senate of sabotage after call for his arrest

Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua, May 22, 2019.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has accused the Senate Public Accounts and Investments Committee of 'secretly' organising meetings when he is away to paint him in a bad light.
Mutua on Tuesday took to Twitter to say he had informed the committee he was away, but that it went ahead to invite him to appear before it.
"I am currently out of the country and surprised that even after informing the Senate PAIC committee of the same awhile back, they have again secretly met without notice to me or my government and continued to perpetuate an agenda to show me in bad light even though they know I am away," he said.
He also said he has severally informed the committee that he has "always been ready and willing to appear before them and do not need to be compelled to perform my civic duties as a law abiding citizen."
Mutua wrote a letter addressed to PAIC chairman Senator Moses Kajwang' saying he had not snubbed any meeting, but had requested for an adjournment to a later date "which is a normal practice in our democracy".
The letter was signed by James Kathili of the county law office.
A parliamentary committee urged police boss Hilary Mutyambai to arrest Mutua and produce him before it to respond to audit queries.
The Senate Public Accounts and Investments Committee dismissed a letter by the governor citing political reasons and travel abroad for the nonappearance.
The committee invoked powers bestowed on it by the Constitution and the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act to force the county chief to appear before it.
The committee accused Mutua of ignoring a summons issued some weeks ago. 
He was also accused of ignoring an invitation by the committee to appear before it on September 18 to respond to audit queries for 2015-2016, 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years.

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