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Deputy governor's Rwanda trip unapproved

11 April 2014, 14:55 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - An intense debate erupted at the Mombasa County assembly chambers Thursday afternoon over the deputy governor's tour to Rwanda.

This was after the Bamburi ward representative, Riziki Fundi demanded clarifications on who approved and sponsored the trip to Kigali Rwanda.

Riziki had requested the Mombasa County assembly speaker, Thaddeus Rajuai to inform the house who authorized the travel to attend the commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

“I am not informed about the trip; am not aware if the trip was approved by the governor. The committee in charge should investigate and report to the house,” said Rajuai.

The alleged trip has created a hot debate in the house with the county representative demanding an explanation from the speaker as to why the deputy governor had to travel to Rwanda to attend the commemoration of the 1994 genocide.

Riziki said the trip has no meaningful benefit to the Mombasa County and it was misappropriation of county resources.

“We have very little funds for development within the county but we can still afford to airlift a contingent of nine members to Rwanda without the approval of the county assembly Members?” posed Riziki.

The deputy governor left for Rwanda in the company of eight ward representatives.

In response, Rajuai requested the relevant committees in the house to prepare a report and present the same to the floor of the house next week on the same, noting that the trip had violated the house rules since they had no permission to abscond proceedings.

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