Senate wants cabinet secretaries reprimanded for failing to honour house summons accusing them of developing attitude.
Senators now demand that all secretaries in President William Ruto’s must be reined in for defying Parliament directives.
This comes after Prime Cabinet Secretary and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Musalia Mudavadi, Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir, and his National Treasury counterpart Njuguna Ndung’u failed to appear before the Senate.
Speaking on the floor of the House on Wednesday over the same, Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale accused Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi of adopting an unpleasant attitude against the Senate.
He claimed that the CS issued a flimsy reason for skipping a grilling session slated for that morning.
“Mr Speaker, from your communication, the Prime Cabinet Secretary has alerted the Senate this morning. It should also occur to this house that this is not the first time the Prime CS has failed to appear before this House,” he sternly observed.
“If this does not imply attitude, then what does? The CS has an attitude about this house. He thinks that the house is waiting for him and this morning, it discovers that he is not around.”
Khalwale warned Senate Speaker Amason Kingi that if most of the Cabinet Secretaries are left unchecked, they will turn the August house into a mockery.
“He had a 7-day window during which he knew he was traveling. He should have informed us. This is now the time to sanction the Prime CS so that he respects the house of equity that represents the 47 counties of Kenya,” he added.
“The current Cabinet, if we do not call it to order as Parliament, they are going to run a rough short on all Kenyans. Same applies to Njuguna Ndung’u. These two (Ndung’u and Mudavadi), who represent critical portfolios, must be here. I beg you to sanction them. Who are they to challenge the Senate?”