Uhuru Kenyatta is in a dilemma on whether to dissolve the Taita Taveta county government after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission approved the petition to dissolve it following the successful verification of voters’ signatures.
The president’s legal team is said to be divided with a section pushing for dissolution to teach MCAs across the country a lesson. However, others say that in case it is done; it will be costly and create a leadership crisis.
Word has it that Governor Granton Samboja did not want to annoy his voters who have lost confidence in MCAs by withdrawing the petition. If Samboja withdrew, then voters would have taken issue with him on grounds, that he had wasted their time collecting signatures as a political ploy to tame MCAs.
The withdraw will have made him unpopular unlike the popularity he gained from the start of the process that has seen worried MCAs now start befriending and reaching out to him.
The electoral commission said the petition presented by area Samboja for the dissolution of the county was supported by Taita Taveta registered voters.
IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati approved the petition to dissolve county government on November 6.
In a press release to media houses, IEBC said the petition met the entire requisite statutory threshold. “On Wednesday, October 30, the Office of the President delivered 17 booklets to the commission with a request to verify whether the petition met the requirements of section 123 (2) of the county government Act No 17 of 2012,” the commission said in the statement.
“This is, therefore, to notify the public and all stakeholders that the petition has met the entire requisite statutory threshold,” it noted.
The county chief resolved to push for dissolution of the county government after the MCAs decided allegedly award themselves Sh830 million, money meant for ward Development Fund.