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Sunday 10 May 2015

Trans Nzoia executives told to carry their cross

Two executives in Trans Nzoia county assembly have been told to carry their own cross after they were accused of abuse of office in contravention of Chapter Six of the constitution.
Debating on the motion tabled by Bidii ward MCA Mathew Manyarango that was passed by all members present in the house, the MCAs said whoever came up with the idea of demolishing buildings without consultation was wrong.
 The MCAs said the executives in charge of land, Elizabeth Nyongesa and her counterpart in the economic and planning department Veronica Muthoni, did not follow the laiddown procedures as required in law and that it was now time for them to pack and go.
They claimed that the demolition took place without informing the house as it ought to have been done, thereof causing psychological torture to some businessmen with loans to repay
and said there was need for them to step aside following unilateral decision which amounted to  abuse of office.
The MCA’s agreed in unison that the condition and environment of the current temporary stage in town was not fit especially during this rainy season and termed it as a health hazard that needs to be addressed.
Makutano ward MCA Stephen Njoroge revealed that the county government had released a document for the town’s expansion that was copied to the department of Chamber and Commerce and other departments forgetting that the house existed and ought to have been notified too. They accused the executive of having grown horns by letting such a matter not pass through the assembly so that it is acted upon as by law required.
They said the two executives had grown horns
and were ignorant of the law. The assembly now wants to be told where the executives got powers to go ahead demolishing business premises without informing the assembly for guidance and deliberation. Shikhendu MCA who is also the chairman for planning Andrew Kutitila told the house he was not informed as the chairman about the demolition.
He said the county is losing a lot of revenue since the demolition took place saying many businessmen have nowhere place to do their business.
 URP nominated MCA Saidi Nangekhe said that those who got temporary plots are not genuine businessmen, whose buildings were demolished, saying county executives were operating in a vacuum. She said the county should have capable executives who know what they do and not to shame the county’s image by misleading the governor and erecting structures on entrance to the town.
Tuwani ward MCA Francis Were said already, two people had gone berserk having secured loans from the bank which they could now not service as they expected to pay from their demolished businesses. MCA Sam Mutuli and Patrick Kisiero, deputy speaker David Kapolomani and leader of majority Alfred Weswa were among other members who said there was need for those affected to be compensated for the loss they have incurred.
Weswa wondered how Governor Patrick Khaemba
went ahead with the demolition while he had promised not to bring down any building until a proper and temporary place was put in place constructed.

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