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County reps protect Governor against activists

24 July 2013, 18:06 John Kioko

Kwale county representatives have been allowed to summon three human rights groups who recently threatened to move to court to dissolve Kwale county executive.

The assembly members were granted the permission by county speaker Sammy Ruwa during their normal sitting when the issue was raised.

Genesis for Human Rights, Coast Women in Development and Commission for Human Rights and Justice through Alando and advocates last week threatened to have the executive dissolved.

They claimed that majority of those appointed to cabinet by Governor Mvurya come from one tribe which is against the constitution.

According to Chengoni Samburu ward Representative Chirema Kombo who raised the issue, the groups' threats may undermine development activities in the county.

He told the house that Kwale County has been in the fore front as far as performance and appointments to cabinet is concerned thus asked the house to protect the governor's office from unnecessary threats.

“The groups have gone ahead and written a letter to Governor Mvurya threatening to go to court and have the executive dissolved claiming he did not follow the constitution in his appointments. We want to know who owns the groups and what their intention is,” he told the house.

Speaker Sammy Ruwa allowed the assembly to summon the three human rights groups regarding the matter

“If those people feel the executive is unconstitutional, the best thing we can do to our government is get the best lawyer but if you want to know what their ground is I allow you to summon them," he said.

"This area has land problems with 75 percent of locals having no title deeds for their land. How have the right groups assisted? People are ferried from other regions to work for Base Titanium; what have the rights groups done? Let them keep off Kwale county issues. We know the executive is constitutional,' said Kasemeni ward representative Anthony Yama.

The county representatives in charge of the investigation will table their findings in county assembly in two weeks time.

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