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Kiambu senator tells off governors over immunity demand

Benard Ramoka
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Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi at a past event. [Photo/nation.co.ke[

Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi has dismissed calls by governors to be granted immunity against arrest and prosecution.

Speaking to journalists at Parliament buildings in Nairobi on Wednesday, Wamatangi argued that the governors' demand is not backed by law.

The lawmaker accused governors of trying to run away from being held accountable for misusing taxpayers money and other resources.

“The governors are out of order to demand for immunity because the constitution only grants immunity to a sitting president,” he said.

Wamatangi asked governors implicated in graft scandals to carry their own crosses and forget about immunity.

He said that individuals named in corruption whether governors of top State officials must be arrested and prosecuted.

On Monday, the Council of Governors (COG) demanded immunity against the arrest of sitting governors.

The COG led by Turkana Governor Josphant Nanok said that they too just like the president should be given immunity.

He accused the national government of allegedly targeting county bosses in the war against corruption.

The COG was reacting to last week's arrest and prosecution of Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong over abuse of office and misuse of county’s public funds.

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