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Thursday, 14 Jul 2016 13:06 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Stinging criticism of representatives to the Kilifi County Assembly by senator Stewart Madzayo has sparked a war of words between the senator and the MCAs. At the centre of contention is the question of the MCAs' effectiveness, with Madzayo feeling that the representatives have been mostly indolent and pliant, unable to check the activities of the county government.
However, the MCAs accuse Madzayo of being an absent leader who, faced with another election, is now seeking to elevate his popularity by attacking the leaders closest to the people. The hostility began on Monday when, while addressing the county assembly for the first time since he became senator, Madzayo accused the MCAs of doing little to check what he termed as rampant corruption in Kilifi.
Madzayo said the MCAs had failed to use their constitutional powers to undertake a proper oversight of county government functions. He said there was rampant corruption in the county government and decried prevalence of conflict of interest, where some county government employees do business with their employer. Others are used by external people to facilitate unscrupulous business.
“There have been complaints that local business people from the county are never considered in their applications for tenders but instead people from other counties are given the opportunities, this has painted a bad picture to the county residents and should not be tolerated," he said.
However, as soon as Madzayo finished his speech, MCAs demanded that he should apologise for assessing them so meanly. MCAs who contributed to the debate on the senator's speech said Madzayo was using his speech to "come back to the electorate", alleging that he had never effectively engaged with local issues since his election in 2013.
Deputy Speaker Teddy Mwambire said Madzayo had not even visited the assembly in four years ; a time during which the assembly had worked tirelessly to formulate laws and implement projects for the county. “This speech was insulting, it was as if the county has been doing nothing for the past four years,’’ he said.
Magarini MCA Elina Mbaru said that Madzayo's speech had proved the senator "had no agenda at the assembly and just came to get backing from the MCAs."