Vihiga UDF and CORD MCAs war boils over
23 April 2014, 21:42
Vihiga - United Democratic Front (UDF) party members of the County Assembly in Vihiga County differed with their Cord counterparts in public over an alleged plot to sabotage Governor Moses Akaranga.
The Cord MCAs led by Reuben Ombima had claimed that the MCAs fighting Akaranga are largely drawn from the Maragoli sub-ethnic clan, where Akaranga belongs, while those from Cord and mainly the Banyore stood by him.
“We the members of the minority side in the county assembly are trying very hard to push forward Governor Akaranga’s agenda but it is always thwarted by those of the majority side, led by the Maragoli MCAs. We don’t know why they cannot protect their own but rather want to frustrate him,”said Ombima.
The leaders spoke at Ikumba primary school in Vihiga Constituency during the installation of sub county administrator Evans Ketenyi, his deputy Bongo Ngoseywi and central Maragoli ward administrator Abubakar Wandala.
Governor Moses Akaranga, his deputy Caleb Amaswache, members of the county executive, MCAs and other leaders attended the event.
Ombima’s sentiments elicited an outrage amongst the UDF MCAs, who make up the majority in the house, and they defended themselves that they were behind Governor Akaranga and will never table any bill in the assembly which will aim at impeaching him.
Nominated MCA Maureen Ambasa defended the Maragoli saying that everybody participated in voting and thus no one should go to the governor and start begging him for favours while tarnishing other people’s names.
“No one should go to Akaranga and beg for favours while using the rumour that the Maragoli in the county assembly are fighting him. If we had wanted to impeach Akaranga, we could have already tabled the Bill in the county assembly, which we will never do. Banyore should look for something else to say,” said Ambasa.
She however said that they will continually sieve the chaff in Akaranga’s administration any day that that they deem fit to summon officers to the county assembly as they gauge their performance.
Chavakali ward rep Stephen Mugalitsi said that he was working under strict surveillance of his voters who have promised to recall him any day that he will start fighting Akaranga.
“My people have told me that if I fight Governor Akaranga, I will be recalled. And so, there is no day that I will be found fighting with the governor,” he said.
The sideshows came only a few days after the UDF MCAs voted under strict orders from their party leaders to eject county secretary Linnet Abdalla from office after they vetted her and concluded she was unfit to hold office.
The MCAs have also in the recent past sacked four county executive committee members in the county, who were also deemed to unfit to hold their offices.
Deputy speaker of the assembly, Richard Muhiga told the leaders who had spoken at the event not to come and cheat the residents that they were working well, when they were fighting at the back.
He asked Akaranga to schedule so that he will be meeting the MCAs frequently so that they can push the county’s agenda forward.
Deputy governor Caleb Amaswache asked the leaders to embrace unity and work together for the betterment of the county, rather than spending most of their time politicking.
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