Service delivery crisis in Nakuru
06 September 2012, 12:25
A service delivery crisis continues to loom in the Municipal council of Nakuru following a stand off over the constitution of various standing committees.
Last week, six councillors moved to court under a certificate of urgency seeking to have the town clerk Mr. Wilson Maroa compelled to call for an annual general meeting so that elections for the committees can be held.
Last Friday, Nakuru senior resident magistrate Gerald Mutiso certified the application as urgent and ordered that the annual general meeting be held within seven days.
The town clerk and the Municipal council of Nakuru were named as 1st and 2nd respondents respectively.
But in an exclusive interview with news24Kenya reporter, the Deputy Mayor Damaris Wangari Mbuthia admitted that operations at the country’s fourth largest local authority had been grounded since the old committees cannot be allowed to conduct any business at the council.
She said that the Ministry of Local Government needs to intervene and compel the town clerk to move with speed and call for the AGM.
She said that since Friday, both the town clerk and his deputy have been out of office and efforts to contact them were unsuccessful.
Wangari said that the council risks being dissolved considering that as per cap 265 of the Local government act, elections for the standing committees ought to have been held by august 15th.
Three weeks ago, Nakuru Municipality councillors engaged in a punch up following an aborted annual general meeting.
Those allied to the PNU party accused the town clerk of taking sides and using the courts to defeat justice.
We could not reach the town clerk for comment as our calls went unanswered.
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