A benchmarking trip to Mombasa by an Embu County Assembly committee was aborted at the Machakos turnoff after a fall out with county executive members over allowances.
The MCAs had been invited by the County Gender, Culture, Children and Social Services department for a benchmarking tour of handicraft industries in Mombasa County only for some to be left at the turnoff after they demanded to be paid their allowances.
Reports say the seven committee members, nominated MCAs and officials from the department had stopped at the turn off for some coffee and when some demanded their allowances, they were left by a chartered bus the team was using.
According to the source, the MCAs had information that their allowances had been processed but the chief officer was reluctant to pay them.
The six MCAs were forced to use public means to Matuu, then Kiritiri and eventually Embu.
The Committee’s Chairperson, Sicily Warue however, delinked the committee from the allowance allegations blaming the incident to infighting between the department’s CEC, Joan Mwende and Chief Officer Jane Ndegi over the control of Sh.15million for handcrafts.
Speaking when she arrived in Embu on Monday evening, the nominated MCA said she did not wish her committee to get entangled in administrative tussles pitting County Government officials against each other.
Warue said the committee would revive plans for the benchmarking tour when the two wrangling County officials end their squabbles and start reading from the same page.
Other members of the committee said they were uncomfortable with the unprofessional manner in which the Chief Officer was handling the benchmarking tour and opted to snub the trip when they realised that they may be embroiled in a bigger scandal if they continued with the journey.
The County Assembly Clerk, Jim Kauma confirmed that the committee had returned before reaching their destination but was quick to mention that the cause of the fiasco would be addressed administratively.
Source: Kenya News Agency