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Committee to investigate MCAs' sponsor

21 August 2014, 15:35 John Kioko

Kwale - The Kwale Public and Investment Committee has been tasked to investigate who paid four MCAs' travel expenses to attend the Council of Governors meeting that was held in Nairobi Monday.

Speaker Sammy Ruwa said the Committee is supposed to table a report on the same before the House.

The issue was raised by Tiwi ward representative, Omar Mwakwambirizwa who asked the question during the normal sitting on Tuesday.

Mwakwambirizwa said that the four MCAs including Khatib Dzugwe, Mweruphe Ndoro, Andrew Mulei and James Dawa were supposed to be in Nairobi on August 17, 18 and 19.

“To my surprise, the four are with us here and they were paid night-out allowances for the three days including today,” said Mwakwambirizwa.

He said the House should know if they were sponsored by the County Assembly or the Executive to attend the governors meeting in Nairobi.

“If it is the Executive, which vote did they use? Those are some of the things we want to be told,” said the MCA.

He told the House that he was not witch hunting his colleagues as some may think, but that he raised the question because money had been spent on the four.

Mwakwambirizwa said it was high time the assembly knew where the Executive got the money from for transparency reasons.

“We must play our oversight role as Members of County Assembly because that is our work; we cannot leave people to use money the way they want,” he said.

He observed that the assembly needed to be informed if sponsoring MCAs on trips for such a meeting was within the law.

Mwakwambirizwa said that previously, members of County Assembly were forced to cut short their trip after the Executive claimed they could not pay for their travel expenses wondering where they got money to pay for the four.

The Committee investigating the issue is led by their Chair, Dzombo ward MCA Patrick Mangale who said the four used their own money.

“I was among those who were supposed to travel but because of a busy schedule, I couldn’t but what I know is that we were to use our own money," said Mangale during a phone interview.

Mwakwambirizwa told journalists outside the Assembly building on Tuesday that governors across the country are plotting to use MCAs to support their referendum bid.

“If Council of Governors wanted us to discuss the issue of referendum, we should have started from the grassroots but selecting a few shows that they want to use us as a ladder to get what they want,” he said.

He said the governors did not invite MCAs to join their referendum bid in good faith since they have not stood up with them in issues such as the controversial budgets that are in court.

“We will have MCAs forum at Bomas in Nairobi on Friday and Saturday after which our stand on whether we support the governors referendum or not will be known,” said the MCA.

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