Cash Crisis Plagues the Migori Assembly

The Migori county assembly is broke and most operations have been paralysed for three months.

The financial crisis came about after the assembly had spent all the money allocated last year.

Speaking to the press in his office on Tuesday, clerk Patrick Wakine said the assembly has barely been operating for three months.

He said official vehicles have been grounded due to lack of money for maintenance and fuel.

“Four top assembly officials, including the deputy speaker, clerk, majority and minority leaders, have been forced to use their personal vehicles,” Wakine said.

Residents have complained some MCAs failed to show up for the past two weeks.

An assembly official who spoke to the Star, on condition of anonymity said assembly debates have stalled.

“We are wasting tax payers’ money, as we have not been debating in the past two weeks,” the source said.

On Monday two MCAs, Jared Osawa (South Sakwa) and Eunita Kokeyo (Nominated) rejected those claims, saying regular debates have been held despite the cash crisis.

Meanwhile, assembly speaker Gordon Ogolla issued a statement to deny the Auditor General’s findings published in the Sunday Nation on July 19.

The audit report showed members of County Assembly Board and Tendering Committee irregularly awarded themselves Sh2 million in sitting allowances.

It also showed MCAs and assembly staff illegally awarded themselves night-out allowances of Sh4.8 million during a seminar in Nakuru in 2013.

The amount, according to the report, was paid while the officers were on full board at a cost of Sh3.3 million at a hotel, leading to double payment.

The assembly says all payments were legal.