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Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 14:24 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Professionals from Machakos County converge at a Nairobi hotel this evening to review the progress of devolution in the county. The meeting aims to determine the state of development in the county and the performance of the county government. The county, headed by Governor Alfred Mutua, has been in the news for much of the past year as debate rages on Governor Mutua’s performance.
While the governor’s supporters say he is a top performer and development-oriented leader, his critics accuse him of staging projects for media coverage to pull PR stunts while presiding over rampant corruption. The meeting that kicks off shortly after 5pm is meant to determine the true state of development in Machakos by assessing budgetary performance, completion of projects and national government reports into corruption and other issues.
The forum will be facilitated by the County Women Representative Susan Musyoka and Dr Jonathan Nzuma, Andrew Wambua, Angela Ndaka, Benson Metho, Mwendwa Mutuku and John Kieti, all residents of the county. Elected leaders and all professionals from the county and interested parties have been invited to attend.
Oversight probe reports from National government especially on corruption perception index ranking for the county will be tabled before the participants, some of whom have criticized Dr Mutua before. There will be questions as to why suspects of corrupt dealings at Machakos County have not been prosecuted.
Dr Mutua himself has fought hard to suspend his prosecution in the magistrate’s courts. Just this month, he got reprieve after the High Court temporarily blocked his arrest over abuse of office claims. The High Court has on several occasions restrained the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko from arresting and charging him over alleged irregular procurement of motor vehicles.
Governor Mutua is accused of flouting the Public Procurement and Disposal Act during the purchasing of motor vehicles, Subaru Outback make, for use by his executive committee members. The Governor and six others are accused of fraudulent purchase of second-hand Subaru vehicles without following the set procurement regulations.
The forum is also tasked with establishing whether the policy on governance has been applied to the letter according to the constitution. This involves public participation in the approval of budgetary allocations towards development projects as well as full participation and endorsement by the County Assembly any development project before implementation.
Also earmarked for discussion at the forum is a review of performance of elected leaders in terms of their mandate where a score card would be released for each.