Mombasa Ward Files Petition for Projects

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho could be summoned by the Senate over unfair distribution of development funds, Senator Hassan Omar has said.

Residents of Junda ward on Monday presented a petition to Omar, in which they complained of marginalisation.

In the petition seen by the Star, they say none of their projects was considered in the 2015-16 budget.

Attempts to present the petition to the county government have been futile but records indicate it was received on June 3 by the Finance chief officer.

This was a day after the Mombasa budget was presented before the county assembly.

“I will drop this petition at the governor’s reception. I am not the county government, I only play an oversight role. If the petition is not addressed at this level, bring it to the Senate, we will summon the governor,” Omar said.

He spoke during a forum with more than 100 human rights activists and wananchi in Mombasa.

Three self-help groups that represented residents of Junda wards said the ward does not have feeder roads, a drainage system, a public secondary school, a hospital, social halls, technical institutions or nursery schools.

“These are just but a few among the myriad problems we are facing,” the petition reads

Omar criticised the Council of Governors for abusing the courts by filing frivolous suits.

“Governors are lethargic to accountability. Everything is taken to court. The rationale behind summoning governors is they manipulate everything from the smallest employee to the biggest,” he said.

Omar said the Senate will summon 21 governors after the courts reinstated the powers of the senators to question the county chiefs.

“One of my greatest disappointment on devolution is that most of the governors, if not all, have missed the point of devolution,” he said.