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County risks losing KES 250M to leaders’ foreign trips

29 October 2014, 10:57 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Tigania East MP, Mpuru Aburi, has claimed that Meru County risks losing KES 250 million set aside by Governor Peter Munya for a trip to South Africa next week to “buy loyalty from the county’s MPs and MCAs”.

Aburi said he is opposed to the planned trip that is meant to discuss the County’s next move politically due to claims that the Jubilee Government has sidelined the Meru community in development after garnering overwhelming votes from the region.

“This misuse of public resources by the Governor to buy loyalty from MPs and MCAs is what I am against. Can’t this money be used on more productive causes like bringing water to the people who are facing starvation in Meru County due to insufficient rainfall? Can’t this money be used to hire more staff in our health facilities that are in acute shortage of them?” posed Aburi.

He observed that since the implementation of devolution, the County has received about KES 8 billion for development yet no tangible projects have been initiated.

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“Service delivery in our County continues to decline but these leaders do not see it as something important to talk about. Their unity declaration against the government is a mere political gimmick that is meant to divert the attention of Meru residents from poor services and underperformance of the County government and then shift the blame to President Uhuru,” said Aburi.

The Tigania East MP alleged that the Meru Level 5 hospital and Meru mortuary are in pathetic condition, Meru town has gone for two weeks without water, ECD teachers have not been paid salaries for three months, corruption and nepotism is high in county administration due to poor leadership in utilization of allocated funds.

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 “I will not allow Meru community to be used by a few selfish leaders to serve their selfish interests or settle personal scores. Those who wish to fight for the interests of Meru community should visit the President and discuss with him rather than issuing threats on media. Meru County will not be developed in the hotels or on the media,” warned Aburi.

He admitted that he had also been invited for the South Africa trip but declined and vowed to go to court Thursday to stop the tour because it is massive misappropriation of public funds.

Aburi was speaking at a press conference at Parliament Buildings.

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