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Sunday 10 August 2014


In the wake of revocation of employees who were employed by county reps which has so far been outlawed by the Controller of Budgets, Transition Authority and Committee for the Implementation of the Constitution which has made it clear that county assembly public services boards have no mandate to employ staff as the role is bestowed within county public services boards, details are emerging how the staff were exploited.

Details reveal that Kisumu county MCAs have been conning the said employees as what they pay them is not reflective of the returns they make to the assembly.
Records show that employees are paid Sh6,000 monthly while official returns records show that  they are being paid Sh20,000 with the balance being pocketed by the MCA.

Despite being told in no uncertain terms that they should cease the services of the said employees, a cross section of MCAs are  still giving them false hopes that they will  eventually be retained.

“We have not been paid our salaries and they keep on telling us that we will be eventually be paid yet we know what is happening on the ground as our employment was never authorised. Why don’t they tell us that we will not get any amount of money?” they lamented.
Nominated member of parliament Oburu Odinga who is a brother of Raila Odinga says plans are underway for the MCAs to be paying Sh10,000 monthly to fund in the operations of the party’s activities.

“We have three loans and after deductions we go home empty handed that’s why we have shifted our residences to avoid our voters. Now they want to compel us to pay another Sh10,000 monthly and they have backdated to since we entered various assemblies. Are they not giving us ropes to hang ourselves with?” lamented one of the MCAs  who did not want his name published for fear of retribution.

The MCAs have a tendency of avoiding their voters by pretending to be having “endless meetings” at the assembly even when its clear that no such meetings take place.
They recently boycotted the official opening of Kisumu Agriculture  Show  demanding that they must be given lunch and fuel allowances for the event which the organisers refused saying they did not have such provisions.

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