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Monday 4 August 2014


Governors have been accused of conspiring with the national government to frustrate county assemblies so that MCAs can remain irrelevant, the Kisii county assembly was told recently.
Contributing towards the budget projections  that had been rejected by the controller of budgets, MCAs Henry Moracha, Isaiah Mosota, Catherine Kitheka, Tom Makori and Obote Motonu moved the motion which resolved that the previous budget should not be changed and should instead be adopted as it is.

Moracha and Makori complained that the Governors’ Forum  has been receiving Sh10 million from each of the 47 counties without any budget approvals and will remain firm until the governors support them.

The MCAs said that they were prepared to go for even two years without their salaries so long as the budget they had approved as county assembly is accepted by the controller of budgets.
The special motion which was moved by the chairman of budgets committee Dennis Ombachi unanimously received the backing of MCAs since they had followed all the required procedures including public participation in all the 45 wards in the whole county.

Mosota of Bassi Boitang’are ward said that the financial statement for the year 2013/2014 has not been revealed to the county assembly and that the chief finance officer has been unable to tell them their salaries and allowances.

Mosota demanded the immediate disbandment of the Transitional Authority as they have outlived their usefulness and were instead fighting devolution which Kenyans massively voted for.

He said that the 1,450 MCAs in the country had created 13,000 employment opportunities and the TA was against them being paid as little as Sh3000 to manage the ward offices.
The MCAs said that they will convene a national conference to lock the county executive from accessing their share of revenue allocation until their budgets are approved.

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