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Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 10:04 EATcwainaina@kenyafreepress.com
Eyes are on Nyeri Members of the County Assembly following a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to MCAs that they should pass this year’s supplementary budget which delayed following a standoff between them and the late governor Nderitu Gachagua who was buried yesterday. The President urged the MCAs to unite with the new governor Samuel Wamathai to ensure the projects that Gachagua had started are completed.
The head of state and opposition Super National Alliance co-principal Raila Odinga supported the calls by acting governor Samuel Wamathai to MCAs to pass the budget. Mr Odinga said the MCAs did not understand their roles in devolution and accused them of working to frustrate counties.
He urged the MCAs to honour the late Gachagua and the people of Nyeri by passing the budget. He faulted MCAs whom he said had stopped playing their roles of oversight and instead became executors.
The two leaders had a rare agreement during the late Gachagua’s burial at his Mathira home tore into the verves of MCAs countrywide for being a stumbling block to development by frustrating governors through refusing to approve county budgets before their own demands for allowances were met.
Mr Odinga said some MCAs are blackmailing governors into getting funded trips and allowances which they call benchmarking trips and tenders which are not accepted in a developing country. According to president Uhuru and cord leader Raila Odinga, the MCAs were using oversight powers vested on them wrongly.
President Uhuru told the MCAs, if the governor is elected, they should support him and if they do not like him, they should wait for five years then kick him out.