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Commissioner pleads with MCAs to resume duty

27 November 2013, 14:56 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga County Commissioner, Boaz Cherotich, says the ongoing strike by Members of County Assembly over salaries has adversely affected operations of County Programmes and asked them to reconsider resuming duty.

Cherotich said delay in drafting and enacting of a Bill on Liquor licensing has caused confusion in the industry and led to loss of revenue.

The Commissioner asked the MCAs to give the Bill priority when they resume duty to be able to ensure smooth running of the industry.

“Following the introduction of devolved government, there is no law in place that guides how traders in the industry should be managed and regulated. The ball is in the MCAs court and they should move with speed to make the legislation,” he added.

Cherotich, who had accompanied Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga during a tour of Emuhaya sub-County, was addressing the residents at Ebuyangu trading centre.

Bar owners in the County have been torn between paying revenue to the National Government or the County government causing confusion in the industry.

The Commissioner challenged MCAs to visit his office to discuss development matters saying that they should not lean towards the Governor alone.

“None of the MCAs has visited me in the office yet I am a key agent of development in the County,” he lamented.

He noted that he was ready to work with the County Assembly with the view of ensuring that issues that would spur development were given priority.

He also noted that local administrators, with the help of police officers, have stepped up campaigns to stop the sell and consumption of chang’aa in the region.

The Commissioner said that KES 3 million was raised as fines imposed on suspects who were found guilty of promoting the vice in the County by the law courts.

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