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Saturday, 12 Nov 2016 15:51 EAT
Five Members of the Homa Bay County Assembly (MCAs) engaged in a nasty brawl yesterday evening after they allegedly differed over a Sh4 million bribe given to them by a top county official. Thirty other colleagues, who were attending a meeting when the differences arose, watched in disbelief as the five could not agree on how to share the gift.
Multiple sources at the meeting confirmed to the Kenya Free Press that the MCAs fought over the money, part of which at least two sources claimed was also shared with an MP from the county. The MP, the sources alleged, was handed the money by a chief officer who drove in a black Prado car shortly before the incident. However, one of MCAs involved in the fight, Mr Peter Kaula of Wangchieng’ Ward, dismissed the cash handout as a none issue, saying members only differed sharply over who was best suited to serve as governor of Homa Bay in the upcoming 2017 elections.
“It was all about who is supporting who for the position of governor and nothing about a cash handout from the executive as alleged. Moreover some of the MCAs were even drunk and could not sustain the argument which required sobriety prompting the fight as others hurled expletives," said Mr Kaula. The fight came just days after a top official at the county went into hiding after being threatened by corruption cartels demanding her approval for irregular deals.
A number of leaders from Homa Bay County have condemned the MCAs for the fight. Speaking to Kenya Free Press on phone, Kasipul MP Oyugi Mgwanga decried the incident, which he said was a sign of the leadership failure in Homa Bay. Mr Magwanga said the fight was a payback for the high level corruption that has been going on at the county behind closed doors. "The haunting has just begun. Blood money will always haunt them and wreak havoc. Just watch this space,” said Mr Magwanga.
The MP also recalled the deteriorating state of healthcare in Homa Bay following the recent death of an expected mother. He accused the management of Homa Bay County Referral Hospital of negligence over the death which he said took place against a backdrop of massive corruption that has hampered service delivery. Mr Magwanga addressed the subject with a lot of anger. “It is very sad that our people are dying like rats yet money meant for drugs in hospitals are being misused for personal gains,” said Mr Magwanga.
This came hot on the heels of a sad case in point which happened more than three weeks ago when Irene Adhiambo,28 ,and expectant mother died on Saturday night due to lack of adequate maternal facility and negligence in the referral hospital. Narrating the ordeal to journalists three days after the unfortunate incident, Paul Mboya who is the husband of the deceased, gave a chronology of events that led to his wife’s death citing situations where despite her wife condition deteriorating the medic s has paid no attention.
“Some two nurses at the facility told me that they had many patients to attend to and not my wife alone. This was after she had suffered serious labour pain. The expectant mother who was going to have her first delivery was referred to Rachuonyo Level 4 Hospital 50km way. The expected baby was reported to have died at their arrival as the mother was rushed to the theatre where operation was unsuccessful as she equally succumbed to excess bleeding.
However, the County Health Executive Member Lawrence Oteng’ said the patient had to be referred to the sub county hospital due shortage of medics the facility is experiencing in maternity wing. “We referred the patient to Rachuonyo Level 4 because we had seven similar cases which made the theatre to be fully engaged,” said Dr Oteng.
The Assembly is reported to have allocated more than Sh43million this financial year to upgrade and acquire some equipment for the hospital towards the improvement of service delivery.
The writer is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Homa Bay County