Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti on Thursday appeared before the Senate’s Public Accounts and Investments Committee (PAIC) where he is expected to answer questions relating to answer relating to use of public funds allocated to his county.
Awiti had failed to honor a number of summons issued the by PAIC, prompting the committee Chairman, Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’, to threaten issuance of a warrant of arrest.
Awiti, however, on Thursday morning defended his absence, saying he had been undergoing treatment abroad.
Senators were left confused after the Governor tabled a document written in German that was supposed to support his claim that he had been unwell and was receiving treatment abroad.
He went further to explain that Senators should be lenient on him because he could not read some of the documents needed to fully understand the happenings in county during the period of his absence.
“I have been unwell. I cannot even read well now. I was recently in Germany and India for treatment. My eyes are really troubling me,” Awiti stated.
The Homa Bay Governor was before the Senate committee at the Homa Bay County Assembly where the Senate PAIC decided to travel to make it easier for him to appear.
He had been away from the county for several months over the past year where he has been battling an undisclosed health condition.
There have been reports that Awiti had gone blind at some point after an operation at a city clinic – prompting him to seek specialized treatment abroad.