Council of governors lure MCAs to support refrendum call
11 August 2014, 16:57
Lamu - The Council of Governors have started luring members of county assemblies in a bid to get support for a referendum to increase county funding and give powers to senators for them to be able to protect devolution.
After a long silence about members of county assembly and their trips, which has raised concern across the country, council of governors vice chair Salim Mvurya on Saturday assured his support to them.
Mvurya who is among 15 Governors in the team selected by council to pursue the referendum matter, defended MCAs over their foreign trips.
It was the first time Mvurya was making such a statement, some days after the council of governors claimed MCAs were unable to be controlled by the executive over their expenditure.
Recently, Council of governors chair Isaac Rutto told the Senate public account committee that they are potential target by MCAs if they dare question them on their expenditure.
In what looks like governors trying to sing the tune of MCAs to ganner support which is needed for a referendum agenda to pass, governor Salim Mvurya said that the county legislatures have a role to play by traveling abroad to learn.
“Members of county assemblies should travel outside the country and know what others are doing so that they can bring the development in counties like Kwale,” said Mvurya at Mwangulu market in Lunga Lunga on Saturday.
He dismissed leaders in his county who have criticized him of signing budgets for MCAs to travel abroad saying he is acting according to the law.
“There are those saying I gave assembly members cash to go and play around with during foreign trips that is not true,” he noted.
Mvurya said that the law does not allow county leaders to misuse funds allocated to them adding that the MCAs trips are budgeted for.
“They use funds which have been planned for and it can be accounted for without issues and that is why they have used it and no one has been arrested so far,” said Mvurya.
Mvurya warned those using the issue to get political mileage in the area to stop wasting time.
For a referendum course to be successful it must be passed by at least 24 out of 47 counties in the country and that might be the issue behind governors plan to bring on board MCAs who in the recent past were at loggerheads with them over county budgets.
It is not yet clear whether MCAs will support the governors’ referendum, since most of them have been seen supporting senators to chair county development boards which is a bone of contention, thus bringing about the issue of a referendum.
Although supporting MCAs, Mvurya said that he is not ready to be a mere secretary to a senator after being elected as the head of the county by majority of electorates.
“Did you elect me to write notes to people for sure? That cannot be and therefore i say we are determined to have a referendum that will ensure devolution agenda is not killed by a few people,” said Mvurya as a different meeting with locals in Ndavaya primary school on Saturday.
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