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County Reps accused of stifling governor's efforts

13 May 2013, 16:19 Dareel Eric

Members of the informal sector in Vihiga have threatened to recall all the County Representatives if they do not show signs of steering the county ahead and instead continue stifling the governor’s activities.

Led by the sector’s chairperson in the county Joram Omega, the group asked the county representatives to give the governor space to start his work.

So far, most activities of the devolved government are yet to kick off because the lists of county executive committee and public service board that were presented to the county assembly were rejected.

“Other counties are already going on with many development activities and yet our county is still quiet with no one showing any signs getting started,” said Omega.

Addressing the media at the county headquarters in Mbale, the group that comprises mainly workers in the informal sector said that some of the county representatives do not even have half the experience of some of the nominees picked yet they rejected the governor’s list.

They noted that most of the county representatives were voted in out of mercy and if they don’t start working towards development and instead continue politicking, they will easily be recalled.

“We will recall them if they do not accord the county government the necessary support that is required of them. We don’t want to choke businesses,” said Omega.

The group asked the representatives to consult with the electorate first before making their unmerited decisions because in the long run, the people who will suffer are the ones who voted them in.

They said that they were contented with the lists of nominees presented by the governor for the posts of county executive committee and public service board members.

“The lists show both gender, regional and experience balance and thus our county representatives have nothing to base on for their dismissal of the lists,” said Anjeline Musavwa, the secretary of Maendeleo ya Wanawake in Chavakali.

The group also noted that since the county is one of the poorest in the country, what the leaders can do is look for possible ways of seeking for investors to come to the county and instigate projects.

They said that politicians are asking for trouble and one way that they want the electorate not to trust them is by behaving as if they were not elected.

On Friday, the Vihiga county assembly members referred back the names that had been presented by the governor on April 30, citing that the lists comprised former state officers who are on pension.

They also debated that the youths were not represented in the lists and that some areas had been disadvantaged because no one was chosen from there.

The governor is currently on the tenterhooks and this has made his work difficult as he reconsiders what to do with the names he had presented.

Close sources to the governor indicated that some MPs from the region are speaking through the county representatives as they work it out to see to it that the governor does not perform at all.

“The MPs have realised that the governor’s post is more lucrative than theirs and thus they are working to make sure that he fails so that they can easily topple him,” said the source.


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