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CS Munyes slapped with KSh500,000 fine for snubbing MPs summons

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  • The Finance Committee has fined CS Munyes KSh500,000 for failing to appear before it to answer queries over the hike in fuel prices.
  • The lawmakers accused Munyes of running the ministry as a “one-man-show”

Members of Parliament have fined Mining and Petroleum CS John Munyes for snubbing summons by House committee contrary to Standing Orders.

The National Assembly Finance and National Planning Committee slapped CS Munyes with a KSh500,000 fine after he failed to appear before it to answer queries over the hike in fuel prices.

Although the CS wrote to the committee indicating that he is on official duty in South Sudan, the committee chairperson Gladys Wanga said that their report will say that Munyes has been uncooperative.

The lawmakers accused Munyes of running the ministry as a “one-man-show”, faulting him for failing to delegate the matter to other relevant officials in the ministry.

“Just because the Cabinet Secretary and the Principal Secretary are not available does it now mean we have to postpone our business till October 18. Unless they are also in conspiracy with the people misappropriating demurrage charges in the oil jetty. I don’t understand why they are not here, they are totally out of order,” the committee Vice-Chairman Waihenya Ndirangu had said in a previous session.

The committee was on Tuesday last week granted seven more days to probe into the high cost of fuel prices in the country.

For the past two weeks, the Committee has held meetings with different stakeholders including the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Treasury and the Ministry of Petroleum. They have also received written submissions.

The probe was instigated after a petition seeking to vacate value-added tax (VAT) from the costing of fuel products as a means to bring relief to Kenyans was filed.

While appearing before a Senate committee over the same issue in October 5, CS Munyes ruled out any fuel price reduction, blaming the National Treasury for failing to release the KSh24 billion meant for price stabilisation.

“Out of the Sh32 billion from the Petroleum Development Fund, we spent Sh8.6 billion in the five months to stabilise fuel prices. We did not receive any money in September.”

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