Senate Health Committee again summons Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang Nyong’o to appear before them for a virtual session. Apparently, Governor Nyong’o faces an arrest warrant or a five hundred thousand shillings fine if he does not honor the summon.
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On Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 he failed to appear before the committee. This occurred despite the committee advertising Governor Nyong’os invitation in local newspapers. The summon reads that,“ the committee may impose on you a fine not exceeding 500,000 shillings or may order for your arrest pursuant to sections 19(1) and also 19 (3) respectively. This occurs according to the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act,2017.” The committee further states that by failing to appear on Tuesday, governor Nyong’o’s actions are an offense according to the 2017 Act.
The committee summoned governor Nyong’o so that he responds to audit questions over the alleged misappropriation of the Covid-19 funds. They also directed him to email all documentation that he intends to rely on during the set hearing. Meanwhile, governor Nyong’o states that the nation’s increasing Covid-19 positivity rate occurs due to the inadequacy of the testing kits.
The Kisumu governor who coincidentally chairs the council’s health committee attributes the slow testing rate nationwide to the few kits. According to a statement earlier in the week, “This therefore means that county governments do not have control over the spiking number of infections in the country.” Governor Nyong’o also warned that the rapid spreading of the virus highly affects the County health facilities. As a result of this he calls upon the involved ministry to quickly respond to his pleas.
“We urge the Health Ministry to quickly provide the testing kits (antigens) and also the Covid-19 testing equipment. All counties need the items so as to help curb the fast spread of this deadly coronavirus,” stated governor Nyong’o. As of now, the country records a 9.6 % positivity rate. Two thousand five hundred and sixty deaths have also been recorded. Also, the number of positive cases cumulate to 154,392.