A section of MCAs in Trans Nzoia drawn from different parties led by nominated MCA Margaret Sabina Wanjala of Ford Kenya have vowed that the motion to impeach Trans Nzoia governor Patrick Khaemba will not succeed. Sabina said that there is no ground on which Khaemba of FK will be impeached.
Defending Governor Khaemba she said it is the house to help executive to deliver and not to fight back. She said Erick Wafula of FK has done nothing in his Hospital ward and that he is after governor’s wallet to silence him saying he has nothing to present to the plenary that can kick out the governor.
Sabina who is serving her second term in the assembly said that Khaemba’s win for second term was a clear indication that Khaemba is a good manager. “Chenye ninaona kwa huyu MCA Wafula anataka tu aitwe afinyiwe kakitu ako na njaa kwa sababu hii motion haiendi mahali (What I see in this is MCA Wafula wants to be called aside and be silenced because he is hungry. This motion is not going anywhere)’’ she said.
FK has 14 MCAs, ODM 1 and ANC 1 making the coalition of Nasa to have 17 MCAs in the county assembly while Jubilee has 22.
Wafula is from the same FK party. Some few months ago, Governor Khaemba claimed before William Ruto while in Endebess that the FK Party was smoking due to internal conflicts.
In 2014, the MCA tried to impeach the former speaker David Sifuna without success as the procedure was wrong and the court defended the speaker. Wafula said he was still in the process to finalise it before he takes to the house business committee for approval.
Drama as Barchok sweats buckets before senators – Weekly Citizen
Former Bomet governor Isaac Ruto of Chama Cha Mashinani features prominently in the purchase of a desk for his use at a cost of Sh750,000.
Bomet county in 2017/18 financial year used Sh9 million for furniture in the governor’s office when Ruto was the governor.
Other purchases include Sh713,000 for a bookshelf, Sh57, 000 for flower vase, an executive chair at Sh293,000. Surprisingly, one company supplied all the above raising eyebrows of the motive behind.
County public accounts and investments committee of the senate want investigations into Sh78,000 and Sh60.85 million to equip the new wing constructed governor’s lounge and office block.
Current governor Hillary Barchok while defending the county’s accounts for the 2017/18 financial year, accused the late governor Joyce Laboso and Ruto regime of being behind the questionable tenders.
According to the governor, the goods were bought before the current regime came into office. They were forced to make payments as the contractors had binding tender documents.
Former Auditor General Edward Ouko in 2017/18 financial year raised issues with the county procuring and expenditure process.
The county bought furniture from Panesar Ltd, a high-end furniture manufacturer, in 2016/17 financial year. The directors of ther firm after Ruto lost started dealing with late Laboso. They are currently in good books with Barchok.
It is for this reason that Barchok failed to explain to the senate committee headed by Moses Kajwang what he is doing to clear the mess after succeeding Laboso. Through out the grilling, Barchok was sweating profusely despite the weather being cold.
At one time, Barchok gestured in the air as he was challenged to shed some light on the controversial Sh939 million expenditure after being unable to provide adequate documents to justify the contract.
Another headache was Sh233 million payments without payment vouchers. The money was used in suspicious way by acquiring goods and services. To swindle the county millions, those behind the scam did not classify the items bought thus allowing a blank cheque for the deal.
As a result, the county expenditure of the so-called ‘specialised materials almost tripled from Sh54.10 million the previous year to Sh186.97 million. Public participation budget on the other hand shot from Sh34 million to Sh145 million. The training of staff cost Sh65 million.
It has also emerged that no original vouchers were given further complicating matters as Bomet senator Christopher Langat feared there might have been forgery and cooked books.
According to governor, documents relating to the expenditure were lost when fire gutted a section of the finance office at a time when the county executive was shifting to the new offices in June last year. It is suspected that the fire was started by those behind the missing millions out to conceal evidence.
For now, panic has gripped top county officials after the committee wrote to the Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission to probe the alleged misuse of Sh939 million.
Kayole residents warn MCA on roads – Weekly Citizen
Residents of Kayole in the Tushauriane-Corner areas are bitter with their MCA Sammy Irungu for failing to emulate his counterparts in the neighbouring Bondeni, Nyando-Saba Saba, who have all fixed their deplorable roads and installed streetlights.
Bitter residents from the Kayole Residents Association have accused Irungu of failing to heed Uhuru Kenyatta’s call last year for all roads in Eastlands to be upgraded and tarmacked. Residents are stranded whenever rains pound as it is of now, which is worsened by blocked drainage. “After the rains, mosquitoes breed in the stagnant water causing more havoc,” one resident lamented.
The residents accuse the MCA of “gross incompetence,” as he never even speaks or raises issues in the Nairobi county assembly as the first thing he did after being elected in 2017 was to move his residence to Komarock phase 4 where he also operates a bar and a butchery.
Komarock area is well tarmacked by his counterpart and residents say the MCA has failed to even take advantage of current county repairs along the main Spine Road to also include Corner Mbaya Step One areas.
Peter Onyango who sells chicken at Corner Mbaya, told Weekly Citizen that the road is impassable when rains start pounding the area yet “we elected someone into office to do this work and he is not!”
The residents now plan demonstration to the office of the Nairobi governor Mike Sonko to present a memorandum on the poor state of roads which the MCA keeps promising to repair, but does nothing as time is running out.
No end to Guv Nyong’o, Sen Outa wars – Weekly Citizen
Kisumu governor Anyang Nyong’o who is in his second phase of his leadership, appears to be fast losing control of area control. The governor is yet to convene his leaders’ meeting since he was sworn in immediately after his controversial election where be beat former holder of the office Jack Ranguma.
Kisumu county has MPs Olago Aluoch (Kisumu West), Ahmed Shabir (Kisumu East), Aduma Owuor (Nyakach), Jared Okello (Nyando) and Onyango K’oyoo (Muhoroni) together with James Nyikal (Seme) and Fred Outa (Kisumu Central), have opted to adopt a “let us wait and see attitude” towards the whole spectacle.
But at the centre of a simmering future confrontation now pits Nyong’o and area senator Fred Outa, who have of late been at loggerheads with the former Nyando MP, insisting that he will not stop his barrage of attacks against the former cabinet minister.
Outa who has been breathing fire and brimstone over Nyong’o’s style of leadership has been an aggrieved person. Outa has repeatedly called for an audit of accounts at the Kisumu county government. He wants the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to swing into action. Outa has been tearing into Nyong’o’s political leadership at almost all public functions.
But the deputy governor Mathews Owili has also come out strongly against Outa’s hardline stance. Owili blames Outa for his unrelenting criticism of the county boss.
Nyong’o on the other hand, feels the senator should allow him to do his work. Outa has been vocal about the county issues.
He has tabled some of them in the senate, which include alleged misappropriation of funds in the Kisumu Urban Project which led to the closure of some bank accounts. He wants to know what led to the closure of the accounts and what the findings of investigations are so far. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations froze the accounts after funds were wired to the wrong KUP accounts, hindering projects worth Sh4.5 billion that France funded. Outa has in the recent past put the governor on the spot over allegations that Moi Stadium and Sunset Hotel are owned by private developers. He has also questioned plans to construct a governor’s residence at a cost of Sh350 million
The salvos against Outa were first fired by MPs and the county’s leaders of the Orange Democratic Movement, who asked him to stop politicking at the expense of development.
Jared Okello (Nyando) and Aduma Owuor (Nyakach) endorsed Nyong’o for a second term and asked him to hand over to Owili when he completes his tenure in office.
Okello noted that during campaigns for the 2017 general election, Outa told them Nyong’o was the best candidate.
“This has not changed,” he said during the service at St Joseph Nyabondo Mission Church recently.
“We will not listen to Outa but will go ahead and re-elect the governor for a second term. We could as well add him another term if the constitution is amended,” he sounded.
He told the people of Nyakach, where deputy governor hails from, not to allow anybody to lie to them about the politician best-placed to govern the county.
“This is the closest people of Nyakach have been to the governor. Continue supporting Prof Nyong’o so that your son Owili can take over from him when he finishes his term,” he said.
Owuor questioned the senator’s academic credentials which he said could lock him out of the race to succeed Governor Nyong’o in 2022. A lobby group dubbed as Mulembe Movement has also warned Outa against criticising the county chief.
Led by chairman Khalid Njiraini, the group said Governor Nyong’o has developed the county’s infrastructure and described him as an experienced and capable leader.
Kisumu county vice chairman, Kennedy Ajwang, warned the senator and any other members of the party against attacking each other in public forums, saying this will eventually attract disciplinary action from the party hierarchy.
The governor says that only three MPs from Kisumu had been supporting him namely Okello, Owuor and Nyikal.
Some county leaders have accused Prof Nyong’o of being a lone ranger. Shabbir once accused him of sidelining his constituency because he was elected on an independent ticket.
Senator Outa recently claimed the governor had blacklisted his mobile number and was therefore unreachable. Deputy governor Owili says he was solidly behind his boss and would campaign for him for a second term.
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