Senate’s PAC overstepping on County assembly’s roles

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Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Gauteng Provincial Legislature South Africa and colleagues from the county government of Kakamega
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Gauteng Provincial Legislature South Africa and colleagues from the county government of Kakamega

The senate’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has no business summoning county executives to appear before it to answer to how public funds in the counties were spent, according to the speaker of the county assembly of Kakamega Moris Buluma.

Buluma says that the task to ensure that public funds at the county level are spent accordingly belongs to the assembly’s Public Accounts Committee which has been handling it procedurally taking necessary actions against those who have failed.

He says that by summoning the executives, the senate PAC repeats the same procedure already done by the assembly because they are forced to interview the same people and end up coming up with the same recommendations, terming it as wasting the tax payers money.

He added that most governor’s fail to turn up at the the senate’s PAC when summoned because they feel crucified twice.

Buluma was speaking during a visit by the Public Accounts Committee of Gauteng Provincial Legislature from South Africa which was in Kakamega on a benchmarking mission.

They discussed various issues, among them the relationship between the assemblies and other governments and performance of audit issues.