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Drama as Malindi county council officers ejected out of their offices by councilors

03 May 2012, 16:58 Alloys Musyoka

Three Malindi county council officials were chucked out of their offices by councilors for alleged misappropriation of council funds.

The incident that attracted members of public and council workers who gathered inside and outside the compound to witness saw offices of the ejected officers locked and sealed with wooden planks bringing services at the county council to a stand still.

Drama unfolded when 16 councilors led by Malindi county council Chairman Anderson Kingi Ngombo raided the offices of the three officers and ejected them out before locking their offices.

They accused the three government officers, County council town clerk Gabriel Kinaiya, his deputy Gideon Mumba and Treasurer Wilson Macharia for failing to be transparent and accountable to the way they were running the local authority’s affairs.

The irate councilors vowed not to allow the three officers in their offices again and urged the government through the ministry of local government to sent new officers in Malindi county council.

Malindi County council Chairman Anderson Ngombo later addressed journalists accusing the officers for failing to explain how more than 55 million shillings disbursed from the local Authority Transfer Funds (LATIF) were spent.

They said the officers were running the local authority like a personal business by going against the full council resolutions noting that councilors were not being involved in the running of the councils’ affairs though they were elected and had the rights to be involved.

“Many projects which were started by council have stalled although the council receives funds from LATIF a part from the daily collections.

This financial year we received 55.4 millions from LATIF but no projects have been initiated,” noted Ngombo adding those projects which were going on had stalled.

The council he stated that had set aside 10 million shillings for vehicle maintenance but wondered why most of the councils’ vehicles were grounded.

“We had also come to resolution of all vehicles to get comprehensive insurance cover which cost 800,000 but the officers decided to take third party insurance covers without explaining to us,” he added.

He complained that the officers had been playing hide and see game when asked to explain reasons as to why they were going against the councils resolutions.

“We ask the Ministry of Local government to dispatch a team of auditors to establish the amount of funds that have been misappropriated because we feel that these officers have been enriching themselves with council’s funds,” he noted.

However Malindi County Council clerk Kinaiya dismissed the allegations saying they had not embezzled Councils’ funds as claimed by the councilors.

“We wonder why the councilors decided to eject us out of offices instead of seeking dialogue in solving the issue,” he said.

He said it was wrong for the councilors to decide to close public offices by evicting them noting that instead they should have used the appropriate channel in solving the issues they were raising.

“We are waiting official communication from our bosses on the way forward because they are the ones to give us direction and not the councilors,” he noted.

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