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Kilifi County Reps given 7 days to resume work

30 May 2013, 18:19 Alloys Musyoka

Kilifi County residents on Wednesday issued a seven-day ultimatum to Ward Representatives in the area to resume work failure to which they threatened to kick them out constitutionally.

The County Representatives called off their sittings few weeks ago joining others across the country demanding for pay rise, a move locals claimed has stalled development in the area.

They urged the County Representative to go back to County Parliament and continue with their work failure to which they will face a no-confidence petition which will automatically throw them out for a fresh election.

The members who are under Bunge la Wananchi umbrella in the larger Kilifi County said that County executive nominees should have been vetted by now but nothing can go on since the assembly members are on strike.

Their representative Lawrence Mwachidudu said that the assembly members had already received the County budget but they have done nothing with it so far, a move he claimed will affect the entire County in terms of development.

“We are telling them to go back and start working or else we will collect signs to help us file a petition of no-confidence against them if they defy our orders. They should know we are the ones who elected them,” he added.

The locals also took issues with the County budget draft which they termed as over board said they will hold a demonstration to force the Governor’s office to re-draft it.

Mwachidudu said that if approved, the budget will foster the tradition of impunity in the County.

Specifically, the locals are concerned with the 74 vehicles which have been included in the budget claiming that priority should be given to schools and not vehicles.

“This region has few education facilities and we have remained behind in terms of education but Kilifi County Governor’s office has drafted a budget to buy 74 vehicles at a cost of KES 360 million which actually is not our expectation,” he said.

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