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Teachers plan revolt against lavish MCAs

12 June 2014, 13:13 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Teachers in Vihiga County have lashed out at the Members of the County Assembly for squandering money meant for development in unnecessary trips abroad.

At the same time, the MCAs have blaming the deputy governor, Caleb Amaswache for their woes, claiming he has colluded with the teachers, and called for his suspension.

In a recent function in the county, two of the giant teachers’ union leaders said that they were tired of the MCAs’ lavish lifestyle while not focusing on the problems that residents face.

“We are supporting our MCAs in many of the things they do, but we are tired of hearing that they are on trips to various foreign countries where they squander millions of shillings,” Knut secretary Hamisi branch, Nathaniel Shibira, said.

Shibira said that he was going to mobilise the teachers in the county to challenge the MCAs to be accountable for the millions of shillings they have squandered in the past few months where they have made trips to Israel, Singapore, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa, together with the assembly staff.

Shibira was seconded by Kuppet executive secretary in Vihiga County, Fred Mayavi who said that teachers were very ready to engage the MCAs in whatever way possible that will make them realise they were elected to represent the people.

But on Wednesday, in a heated argument in the county assembly, the MCAs said that the fact that the governor Akaranga has employed many teachers in his office was the sole reason why the other teachers are now planning a revolt against them.

“Teachers are being employed in the governor’s office and forgetting their role in the society. As MCAs who are paid to represent the people, we will not accept their threats and we will continue going for the trips as they are important,” Gladys Analo said.

In a series of meetings, the MCAs said that the deputy governor had cunningly set up groups of people to embarrass them by attacking them for their expenditure at the county assembly.

“I have had to hide from the members of the public often because everywhere we go, people are telling us that we are squandering the money meant for development,” Reuben Ombima said.

Ombima however told the other members of the county assembly that it will be futile to suspend the deputy governor as they did not have the powers to do so.

Some of the MCAs said that they will boycott the meeting where the governor and his deputy will be attending as it was clear that residents don’t want to see them.

“We will use the other means at our disposal to make sure that the executive has it rough,” Banja Ward MCA said.

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