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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Rep wants Kabogo to do away with pit latrines

Thika West subcounty’s Kamenu ward MCA Elizabeth Hussein has called on the Kiambu county government to urgently save girls, teachers and staff of Kenyatta Secondary School in Makongeni Estate from continued agony of flooding of their school during rainy season.
She said when it pours, the school community has to wade to and from school through floods mixed with raw human waste. “The county government should come to the aid of this school and connect it to a sewer line that passes nearby and save those in the school from  further agony,” she said.
In reaction, Kiambu county chief officer in charge of public service and administration Dominic Gicheru said Muthoni was misleading the public. “The role of connecting anyone to sewer line is the mandate of water companies and in this case is Thika Water and Sewerage Company. Muthoni should approach the water company and stop dragging our county government into a matter that it is not supposed to handle in the first place,” said Gicheru.
The officer said some disgruntled MCAs had waged a spirited campaign to discredit the county government and its governor William Kabogo. He urged all leaders to work together for the benefit of Kiambu instead of engaging in witchhunting.
Muthoni was speaking a Makongeni stage while distributing Sh1.27 million bursaries to needy children from secondary schools, colleges and varsities.
The exercise saw 352 students allocated Sh785,000 with boarding school getting Sh492,000, day secondary schools Sh 172,000, special schools Sh70,000 while colleges and varsities received Sh90,000.
She said Sh0.5 million had been set aside for Form Ones whose cheques were being processed. Muthoni said it was unfortunate that the county government was ignorant of population of its people while distributing development and bursary funds to MCA.
“You give equal allocation to MCAs with a population of 5,000 electorates unlike me with 100,000 electorates,” she said. Muthoni who is currently the longest serving civic leader in Kiambu said population of a ward must be considered while distributing kitties.  “When I am given Sh2,000 bursary because of the high number of applicants, my colleague with as low population are disbursing Sh10,000 per child,” she claimed. She said all children in Kenya should be given equal opportunity to learn as education is the best inheritance a child can get.
The MCA said she supports calls by Kabogo to have MCAs increase bursary allocation from this year’s Sh157 million to Sh300 million in the next financial year. Muthoni was supported by her bursary allocation committee chairman Richard Njeru who said they had a hard time coping with the high number of applicants.