Senate to obey court orders

By: MARTIN MWAURA

THE Senate will abide by court rulings to quell supremacy battles between the judiciary and the legislature, Speaker Ekwee Ethuro has said.

Meeting the Kenya Editors’ Guild members in Mombasa yesterday, he called for cooperation and not confrontation.

“There is no system that can prosper if some institutions are weakened,” Ethuro said.

The Senate has on several occasions ignored High Court rulings and instead accused the judiciary of interfering with MPs’ and senators’ activities.

Last year, the Senate ignored a court order barring it from debating the conduct of Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana.

It instead formed an 11-member committee to investigate charges levelled against the governor.

The Senate also ignored a High Court order barring it from starting impeachment proceedings against Embu Governor Martin Wambora and Deputy Governor Dorothy Nditi.

Governors, through their chairman Peter Munya, in July accused the Senate of ignoring a High Court’s opinion to have the county governments set ceilings for recurrent expenditure.

Munya said the senators instead allocated more funds to the county assemblies by slicing what was meant for development.

“We recently met with the judiciary to help us obey those orders,” Ethuro said.

Editors’ Guild chairman Linus Kaikai said supremacy battles between the Senate and the National Assembly will cause a leadership crisis.