Kwale MCAs pass Shs.7.8 budget amidst quorum hitch

Kwale County budget was approved but without a quorum after majority of the MCAs boycotted the last session of their term on Thursday.

There are 30 elected and nominated MCAs in Kwale but only seven of them were present and it was not immediately clear why the MCAs skipped the session.

The seven went ahead to unanimously pass the Shs.7.8billion budget at around 7pm in a virtually empty House.

House quorum requires that at least 11 members to be in the House to pass the budget estimates.

It’s unfortunate that the members decided to pass the budget without a quorum which is illegal, a senior Assembly official said in anonymity.

At one point, journalists were thrown out of the Press gallery by security officers for taking photographs of the proceedings only to be allowed back following the intervention of the Clerk, Dennis Mutui.

MCA, Patrick Mangale said they had no luxury of time since they were supposed to be in their wards campaigning.

This being campaign time, we are supposed to be on the ground mobilizing voters, said Mangale in an interview outside the Assembly.

Nominated MCA, Suleiman Dzala concurred with him, saying they had sacrificed a lot by attending the sitting since it was campaign time.

He also insisted that they were within the law hence quorum was a non-issue. We’ve followed the law and have achieved quorum as is evident in the attendance list, said Dzala.

Source: Kenya News Agency