MCAs in forgery claims to be stripped off power
10 November 2014, 09:41
Vihiga - The County Assembly of Vihiga has recommended suspension of three of its members from being chairpersons of any committee for a period of six months for lack of integrity and tainting the assembly’s name.
Shiru ward MCA Nixon Butiya, Muhudu MCA Jackson Musoga and nominated MCA Dorcus Anupi were investigated after South Maragoli ward MCA Elizabeth Anaya sought a statement concerning the modality of payment of their allowances during executive functions.
“The committee observed that the three MCAs received money meant for their fellow MCAs, signed on their behalf but never remitted the money to some of them. They also undertook functions not meant for MCAs and in the process funds were lost,” part of the report reads.
The report also finds some officers from the executive culpable for having double paid the MCAs in question, instead of reporting the matter to the relevant offices for action.
“The accountant was not responsible in his undertaking as a professional for not following the right procedures while handling public funds,” it continues.
It further explains that some MCAs were not honest in their responses when called upon to appear before the committee, yet it was evident they actively participated in financial transactions, with others turning hostile during questioning.
The committee observed that Ms Anupi got herself involved with public funds contrary to the law, taking up responsibilities of procurement and making payments, and that she received money in pretence that it was for Miss Tourism participants’ upkeep and facilitation.
The Public Accounts and Investments Committee has further suggested to conduct further investigations together with other government agencies to ascertain the exact amount of money lost and recover the same from those found culpable.
Committee vice chairperson, Zakayo Manyasa, said that the members who have been implicated in the report should not feel aggrieved, but that they were supposed to defend their cause.
But speaking separately, Butiya said that the report tabled in the County assembly was a carefully crafted ploy by the assembly clerk, Josphat Musambayi to taint the MCAs who could not toe his line.
“The clerk had proposed KES 245 million for the construction of the County assembly complex which we opposed, and thus the report to implicate us. He did not also like the idea of cutting the County assembly budget by KES 300 million which is supposed to go for the development,” Butiya said.
He said that he was not worried by the report and that his position as the chairperson of the committee on transport and infrastructure would remain intact.
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