Vihiga Governor asked to work with Members of County Assembly

A day after Vihiga County Governor, Wilber Ottichilo assumed office, more calls continue to be made asking him to forge a good working environment with Members of County Assembly (MCAs) in order to actualize his development agenda.

Some opinion leaders in the County who spoke to Kenya News Agency (KNA) on Tuesday noted that the County Assembly might stand on the way and frustrate Ottichilo’s implementation of some development projects in his manifesto.

Hinging on the fact that Ottichilo’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has less seats in the County Assembly, the opinion leaders urged the governor to nurture a cordial working relationship between the Executive and the assembly.

ODM has three MCAs compared with Amani National Congress (ANC) and Progressive Party of Kenya (PPK) that have nine and six respectively.

If not careful, MCAs allied to ANC, PPK and other smaller parties might gang up and frustrate passage and enactment of bills crucial for actualisation of the governor’s development vision, observed Mr Sammy Mugita, a civil society leader.

Mugita urged the MCAs to put aside political party affiliations and instead work together with Ottichilo’s establishment to enable the county prosper economically and uplift the living standards of the residents.

He asked the new administration to establish how Sh.150 million, which he claimed was allocated for construction of Governor’s Office and Official Residence, was spent by the former regime.

According to the opinion leader, the defunct Transition Authority (TA) had set aside the funds in 2013/2014 fiscal budget.

We were informed that Sh90 million was to go towards construction of Governor’s Office, while the remaining Sh.60 million was meant for construction of the Governor’s official residence in Mbale town, alleged Mugita.

The opinion leaders who included political activists, Mrs Janet Minayo and Doris Anjawa were reacting following Ottichilo’s swearing in at Kidundu Stadium on Monday and his acceptance speech.

Ottichilo had informed members of public he had no place to reside at Mbale town since he was taking over a county government without an official residence for the governor. Mbale is the headquarters of Vihiga County.

Source: Kenya News Agency