Governor Joho told to end assembly wrangles
18 June 2016, 07:27
Mombasa - Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho has been urged to end persistent wrangles at the Mombasa County assembly after a row erupted for a second time following alleged removal and replacement of Assembly Leader of Majority on Friday.
Civil Society groups and members of the public voiced their concerns after two opposing camps, one supporting the move of the leader and the other condemning it.
“It’s the high time Mombasa Governor should give direction on these wrangles seen at the assembly; these members have proven to the public that they have no matters of development at heart,” said Khamis Omar, a resident.
Trouble started when the majority leader of the Mombasa County Assembly, Abdalla Kasagambo reported to the Assembly in the morning only to find a new lock allegedly swapped during the night.
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Kongowea MCA, Jabess Mdhai accessed the office through the window and opened the back door which the allegedly evicted Leader of Majority used to access the office.
However, a section of the MCAs accused the executive and Governor Ali Hassan Joho of interfering with daily running of Assembly business saying that the executive and legislature are distinct organs which should be independent of external influence.
Nominated MCA, Mohammed Hatimy dismissed claims of overlooking procedure saying that Kasagambo was replaced by Orange Democratic Party (ODM) after 28 members of the Assembly endorsed the replacement and passed a vote of no confidence against him.
Hatimy said that proper communication had been done through the Assembly speaker Thadious Rajwayi and the Assembly clerk adding that the new leader of majority recognized by the party was Mtongwe ward MCA Hamisi Mwidani.
This comes barely a month after the same Assembly was thrown into disarray after a motion to impeach the Speaker was moved.
Addressing the Assembly on Tuesday, Rwajwayi advised the members to handle house matters with decorum and in accordance with standing orders failure to which disciplinary actions will taken against them.
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