Kisumu Senator Fred Outa has told off Nyando MP Jared Okello after the legislator accused him of attacking Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o.
Mr Outa, who vowed not to stop questioning how the county government spends taxpayers’ money, said he was only playing his oversight role.
“I am exercising my role as a senator, it is my job to protect the interests of counties, let nobody misinterpret this as an attack on the governor," said Mr Outa on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Mr Okello had criticised the senator for hitting at Governor Nyong’o in public gatherings.
He told the senator to channel his complaints against the governor with regard to ‘misuse of public funds’ through the Senate.
The Nyando MP told Mr Outa to stop sustained attacks on Governor Nyong’o. He advised the senator to liaise with the Senate Public Accounts and Investment committee to summon the governor to answer audit queries.
Mr Outa, however, dismissed Nyando lawmaker’s remarks as baseless.
Last Thursday, while on the floor of the Senate, Mr Outa alleged that funds for the Kisumu Urban Project (KUP) had been misappropriated.
He asked for financial statements from Senate Public Accounts Committee chairperson regarding the closure of KUP bank accounts.
The senator wants the committee to summon the concerned officers in the National Treasury and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to shed more light on the matter.
The KUP accounts had been frozen after money was wired to wrong accounts. This, he said, has hindered completion of the Sh4.5 billion French funded projects.
Apart from the KUP projects issue, the senator has in the recent past put the governor to task over alleged change of ownership of Moi Stadium and Sunset Hotel to private developers.
He also challenged plans by Prof Nyong’o to construct a governor’s residence at Sh350 million.