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Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 11:45 EAT
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has asked MCAs to minimize foreign trips, promote domestic spending and concentrate on legislation in order to propel the county’s development agenda.
Dr Mutua has also reiterated his government’s commitment to ensuring small-scale traders are spared taxation in a move he says will insulate majority residents from economic hardships currently being experienced in the country.
In his keynote address to the second county assembly, the governor said MCAs have a critical role to play in ensuring accountability and prudent expenditure of county resources and urged them to support his administration in working towards improving the livelihoods of residents.
“I call upon all honorable members to cut down on foreign trips and instead consider spending that money here in Machakos. This will not only reduce wastage of public money but also help grow our domestic economy thereby enriching our own people,” said Mutua.
It is worth noting the previous county assembly was involved in frequent squabbles with the executive which saw the governor sail through two unsuccessful impeachment attempts.
The Governor said the executive had already prepared about 40 Bills designed towards developing a structured mechanism of initiating and promoting a public-private partnership to attract investment.
He warned the MCAs against being misused by individuals or groups seeking selfish political ends at the expense of the residents. “As honorable members, you should bear in mind that oversight does not mean political witch hunt. Your friends in the previous assembly were misused to frustrate my leadership but majority of them did not survive the political axe,” he said.
Dr Mutua maintained his government will strive to honor all promises he made in line with his 2017-2022 manifesto which he launched during campaigns for the previous election.
“All promises I made to the people of Machakos will be fulfilled. We will continue to make water available to residents, promote higher education program that will see our young people develop careers, expand electrification program in all villages and above all attract investors through setting up of the new Machakos City,” Dr Mutua said.
Newly elected county assembly Speaker, Florence Mwangangi urged both arms of the government to work in harmony in order to deliver much needed services to the people. “This assembly must purposely discharge its mandate of oversight because residents are full of expectations that services will be delivered. Likewise, the executive is obligated to ensure accountability so that every resource is utilized for the intended purpose,” she said.
Addressing the press after the assembly session Muthetheni Ward MCA, Munguti Mutisya and his Kangundo Central counterpart, Moses Musyoka welcomed the governor’s speech and pledged to support calls for cordial relations between the two arms of government.
“We commit to serve our electorate through establishing and maintaining a healthy working relationship between the legislative and executive arms of the government. We are optimistic that this second assembly will deliver to the expectations of the great people of Machakos,” said Munguti.