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Vihiga MCAs threaten to sack lax ministers

18 February 2014, 09:39 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga County Assembly members have cautioned county executive committee members against laxity and threatened to introduce motions in the house to sack a majority of them for taking huge salaries without producing any results.

The MCAs said they were running impatient with the county ministers who have not been up to the task since assuming office.

“So far, there are no bills that are being generated by the county ministers and being brought to us here at the county assembly for debate and consequent approval. We will not tolerate this kind of laxity by our ministers who are enjoying a grace period many months after assuming office,” Leader of Majority, Andrew Ahuga said.

Ahuga noted that so far, the Bills that the assembly has passed only emanated from the county assembly where they have only received few Bills from the county executive committee members and which were not appropriately drafted.

“Before a Bill comes to the county assembly, it must be published and gazetted. The bills that have so far been brought here were not up to the expected standards,” Ahuga said.

He said that the county assembly was in the process of introducing motions that seek to sack the ministers, if there is no positive response from them in the coming months.

“As the county assembly that is tasked with an oversight role of the county government, we cannot allow the governor to fall into trouble with the electorates for mistakes that are not his. We shall deal with the county ministers directly,” he said.     

The chairman of the transport and infrastructure committee, Nixon Butiya, who is also the ward rep for Shiru, accused the county ministers of incompetence citing that their days were numbered if they did not reform.  

This came even as Governor Akaranga delivered his first annual address to the county assembly yesterday, stressing the good working relationship between the county executive and the assembly over the past period.

The yesterday’s special sitting was convened by speaker Daniel Chitwa who said that the assembly was dedicated to making sure that the county succeeds.

Akaranga said that the county assembly had been very resourceful and up to the task, having approved lists of county public service board members, county executive committee members and chief officers without any problem as opposed to other counties where there have been wars.

“I want to appreciate the county assembly through the leadership of the speaker and the sobriety of the members for always putting the interests of the people of Vihiga ahead of any business, other than their personal gains,” Akaranga said.

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