Migori County Governor Okoth Obado, on Thursday, May 6, failed to show up at the Senate’s Public Accounts Committee sitting at the Kisii County Assembly.
No tangible reason was sent as to why Obado failed to show up by his administration, prompting the committee, which was waiting for him, to reschedule a second appearance on June 4.
The Migori County head was expected to arrive for grilling at 10 in the morning but by 11:30 am, he had not shown up at the sitting.
The committee chair Senator Achillo Ayacko later disclosed that Obado had sent a casual text to a Senate Committee member saying he would not avail himself due to “unavoidable circumstances” annoying the committee sitting in Kisii even more.
The committee chair described Obado’s act of skipping the sitting as an act of impunity and gross insubordination.
“While we may at this point not wish to anticipate on why he nay have skipped, we wish to give fresh summons that he and his executives appear, without failure before this committee on June 4,” Ayacko directed.
Ayacko warned that the committee would opt to use powers invested before it to ask the police to arrest the governor and asked Obado to chose to voluntarily avail himself or be escorted by the police.
Ayacko further described it as a serious offence for a governor to fail to honour a summon by a parliamentary committee.
The committee observed that Obado had also failed to submit the requisite documents to the committee and to the auditors as asked of his administration.
The governor is required to answer a series of audit queries touching on unreconciled bank balances of Sh1.3 billion from his administration.
He is also required to explain a slew of irregular payments of legal fees amounting to Sh1.5 billion.
According to an auditor report 2018/19 financial report, the county administration irregularly transferred more than Sh60 million as scholarship and other educational benefits amounting to Sh59 million.
Obado is alleged to have failed to provide supportive documents regarding various bursary allocations to auditors.