In Summary
  • In July, MPs and senators were up in arms against governors who wanted to be shielded from prosecution while in office.
  • Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has denied three corruption-related charges leading to the loss of Sh213 million.

They are flashy and exude authority. They are the powerful guys in town — the lords of the counties.

Since 2013 when the first governors were sworn into office, they have been strutting across various counties showcasing their newfound power and wealth.

However, they are now being accused of financial mismanagement, resource pilferage and poor service delivery, among other ills.

Last Friday, police officers attached to West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo were withdrawn after the county boss stormed a roadblock on Kapenguria-Lodwar road and forcibly released a boda-boda rider on Wednesday evening.

The rider had been arrested for flouting traffic rules.

SECURITY

A furious Mr Lonyangapuo threw away the officers’ spike strips and ordered the police to leave the place, accusing them of collecting bribes and harassing motorists.

And now the governor’s lobby has demanded the immediate reinstatement of Mr Lonyangapuo’s security detail, saying the withdrawal was an infringement on his rights as a State officer.

“This serves as an affirmation to the entire public that the respective individual has been given the responsibility to serve constituents and in the discharge of his or her duties is entitled to certain benefits. This is reiterated in Section 30 of the County Governments Act,” Council of Governors (CoG) chairman Josphat Nanok said in a statement.

“In light of the above, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, under Article 230 (4) (a) of the Constitution, set security as one of the benefits accruing to State officers serving in the county government vide the Gazette Notice No. 2888 of March 1, 2013.”

But Governor Lonyangapuo’s case is not exceptional.

IMMUNITY

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