Kitui MCAs crack whip on their governor

Kitui County Assembly Members want governor Charity Ngilu to apologise over the abortive consultative meeting between them and the executive that was scheduled for Mombasa.

The MCAs passed the motion on Thursday concerning on the unsuccessful Mombasa meeting between Ngilu and the legislative arm of the County government which was to be held last week from 4th to 8th September.

According to the motion tabled in the House by the Majority Leader, Peter Kilonzo (Athi Ward), the governor had through a letter dated August 30th, 2018 invited the ward representatives for the meeting to discuss among other issues, equalization in development in the vast county.

While moving the motion, Kilonzo said Ngilu’s move to cancel the meeting exposed the House to embarrassment and public ridicule.

Mr. Speaker, the governor’s action caused us a lot of ridicule, exposing us as very desperate and people out to squander public resources, he said.

While debating, majority of the MCAs demanded for an apology from the governor and called for the House Committee on Procedure and Rules to formulate rules of engagement between the Executive and the Assembly to avert similar incidents in the future.

The House also resolved that the MCAs should urgently come up with a Ward Equalization Fund of at least per cent of the annual development budget, which would ensure standardization of development among the wards.

In his remarks, Speaker George Ndotto affirmed that the MCAs went to Mombasa following the invitation of the Governor.

Beyond any reasonable doubt, the trip to Mombasa was official. The trip was initiated by the executive in consultation with the Assembly, he said, refuting claims in the media that the MCAs were stranded in Mombasa after the meeting aborted.

Source: Kenya News Agency