Korane makes scathing attack at his predecessor, as he opens assembly

Garissa Governor, Ali Korane on Tuesday scathingly accused his predecessor Nathif Jama of condoning corruption in his administration.

In his maiden speech while opening the second county assembly yesterday, Korane also said he was inheriting an administration that lacked simple governance structures.

I am inheriting a government that not only failed in undertaking development programmes but was also riddled with corruption and bloated human workforce, Korane said during his 30 minutes speech.

The governor told members of the county assembly that overstaffing had led to unsustainable wage bill that now stands at Sh. 5.4 billion annually.

He said the trend had a serious implication on the county’s development program as 69 percent of if its annual budget went to recurrent budget.

The governor further said that his administration was undertaking a thorough audit of all sectors of the county in a bid to streamline the bloated wage bill and other unnecessary expenditure.

I will not entertain non performance. Service delivery to the public is a right that must be protected at all costs, Korane said.

My government is duty-bound to work with the legislative arm to enhance checks and balances. I want to assure you (MCAs) that my officials who are mandated with certain responsibilities will honour any summons by your various honourable committees meant to hold them responsible and accountable to our people, he added.

He urged MCAs to strongly oversight his administration as expected of them since they represent the public.

On the ongoing drought, Korane said that his administration will start to undertake water trucking and other intervention measures as soon as possible in order to alleviate the suffering of those hard hit.

He said he will seek support from the national government and other development partners in ensuring that all those in need are reached.

On the ongoing nurse’s strike, Korane said he was in talks with the nurses union in a bid to broker a deal and have them return to work.

He also noted that work towards improving the general health care services by ensuring that medical equipments and drugs are available in the hospitals is ongoing.

Source: Kenya News Agency