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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Bills row spinning out of control in Nyamira

A row is brewing between Nyamira county executive and the county assembly over the refusal by Governor John Nyagarama to assent into county laws three bills which were passed by the assembly on in December last year.
Nyagarama on January 6 rejected the  three bills namely :- ward development fund, healthcare services fund and county planning development on grounds that they had contravened the constitution and the county government Act.
He returned the bills back to the assembly accompanied with a memorandum advising the members to restructure them so as to conform and meet the constitutional retirements and the county government Act, a factor which angered the members.
The county executive suffered a major setback when the assembly during a special meeting, passed the rejected bills without any amendment before sending them back to the governor to assent them into law.
The members of the assembly led by the leader of the majority Laban Masira faulted the governor for refusing to assent the three bills which he said were properly done and drafted as per the constitution.
Masira told the house that the move by the governor not to assent to the ward development bill in particular, had a sinister motive as it was meant to deny the people of Nyamira development at grassroot which was not forthcoming from the county government.
Members, Jackson Mogusu, Thaddeus Nyabaro, Fred Menge, Bonface Ombori, Benson Sironga, Callen Atuya and Fred Nyachae rallied the house into passing the bills without any amendment .
Menge who is a nominated MCA said that Nyamira county executive members were a big shame to the county as they have done little in terms of development.
Callen Atuya who is the chairman of the health assembly committee accused the executive of putting their interests first on matters affecting the people of Nyamira county; a move she said should not be entertained.
Before taking a vote on the three bills, the speaker Joash Nyamoko told the county executive to stop taking the house for a ride.
Following the “illegal changes” on the copies, an ad hoc committee was appointed under the chairmanship of the leader of the minority Mogusu to investigate within one week as to who had tampered with the copies.
However, Nyamira county executive secretary Eric Aori confirmed that the changes which were done on the copies returned to the assembly were by the governor as he was mandated constitutionally to do so.