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MCAs threaten to impeach Governor

09 October 2014, 10:14 Jane Zack

Busia - Members of the Busia County Assembly have threatened to impeach Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and his Finance Executive over delayed ward development funds.

Led by the Project Implementation Committee chairman, Fred Musirimba, the MCAs claimed they were yet to receive the KES 10 million per ward to implement various development projects during the 2013/2014 financial year.

“Busia County is lagging behind in terms of development because of the delay in remitting these funds and we are holding the Governor squarely responsible for this,” Musirimba told the press Tuesday at the County Assembly where he was accompanied mainly by his committee members.

They accused the Executive of allegedly employing delaying tactics by requesting the Assembly to review their projects budgets before the money could be released for their implementation, an allegation the County Finance Executive Leonard Obimbira has denied.

Efforts to reach the Governor for comments over the allegations were fruitless as his phone went unanswered.

Read Also: Court: MCAs have no impeachment powers

However, Obimbira absolved the executive from blame over the matter.

He insisted that the delay was occasioned by the office of the Controller of the Budgets who was yet to approve the expenditure.

He said on phone: “No development fund has been approved by the Controller of Budgets countrywide and Busia is no exception."

He added that the matter was still being reviewed, and told the MCAs that as a result of the delay by the Controller of the Budgets, their ward projects could only be funded through development credit from the County Government,.

He further noted that there was need for a review of projects to be funded under this arrangement. “The MCAs should identify projects of priority and submit them to the Clerk of the Assembly to prepare them for tabling by the Budget and Appropriation Committee before it is considered by the County leadership."

The MCAs however would hear none of this, saying it was a delaying tactic by the Executive to deny them their ward development money.

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