Nominated MCAs accuse Governor of discrimination
11 September 2015, 15:30
Vihiga - Nominated Members of the Vihiga County Assembly have accused Governor Moses Akaranga of causing rifts in the house by openly showing bias against them.
This follows a three-day ‘bonding’ retreat organised for the 25 elected members starting Friday evening in Nakuru.
The move has sparked uproar among 14 nominated MCAs over what they termed to as 'discrimination'.
“The Governor has been discriminating against the nominated members and continuously dividing the house, which is not a good gesture,” said Reuben Ombima, a nominated MCA.
Ombima threatened that the nominated MCAs will be writing to Commission for Implementation of the Constitution informing it about the discrimination they have had to endure for the last two years.
“As County leaders, we feel that the Governor has consistently discriminated against us for the last two years whereby he has been holding bonding sessions in various cities in the country with elected leaders and excluding us,” he said.
Maureen Ambasa, a nominated MCA, noted that she has since had to put on shock absorbers so as not to be moved by the Governor's discrimination because in the first year it used to worry her a lot.
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“It seems that the Governor sees us as of no use to him. Every important issues pertaining to the County are discussed in secrecy with only the elected leaders,” said Ambasa.
The leaders expressed their displeasure while addressing journalists at the County assembly buildings on Friday evening.
Elected MCAs however said they requested for the bonding session to discuss ward issues, noting that nominated MCAs do not represent any ward.
They said they would use the session to discuss when the ward development projects will begin in this financial year.
Each of the 25 wards was allocated KES 40 million for development in the 2015/16 financial year, up from KES 36 million in the previous year.
The matter is however creating anxiety in the County after contractors who worked on the 2014/15 projects were not paid a total of KES 1 billion despite having worked on the projects.
The County government intends to use the allocation for this year to pay the debts owed to contractors and suspend any new ward projects planned for this financial year.
Also of concern in the meeting will be where the KES 900 million set aside for ward projects in the last financial year went and what occasioned the current debt owed to contractors.
Governor Akaranga remained unavailable for comment.
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