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Carry Own Cross, CAF Boss Osoi Tells Corrupt County Officials

National chairman of County Assembly Forum Johnson Osoi on Monday said he will not sympathize with any council member involved in corruption.

Speaker Johnson Osoi on September 6, 2017.

Osoi, who spoke to the Star at Enchula Resort in Kajiado town, singled out Samburu County and alleged tendering scam valued at Sh2 billion saying those stealing from public coffers must be made to account for their sins.

He said what happened in Samburu is a strong indication that not all is well across the counties, and that Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission should tighten its noose on the new brand of scammers in the regions.

“County assembly Forum, which I sit as chair is a noble position in the leadership of this country and should not be seen as a union that defends county leaders from being arrested for squandering public money,” said Osoi.

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The speaker, who is doing his second term in office, said he is satisfied with what he earns as a public officer but will champion for transparency across all the counties and ensure public money is put to the right course.

He spoke when the EACC has started investigations in Samburu County and lined up dozens of officials who are required to explain sources of the huge sum of money sent to their accounts.

EACC investigators have uncovered transactions involving firms they believe are linked the county employees.

Osoi said he is meeting the new EACC boss, Twahib Mbarak, next week in Nairobi to talk about what is ailing some counties in terms of untamed corruption.

“There are many issues that are affecting counties as we speak. Many projects have not taken off because those with powers to expend county resources have interests other than what the electorates have planned,” said Osoi.

He gave an example of Kajiado where he claimed some money set aside for developing particular roads had been used for what had not been planned. “The era of roadside pronouncements and declaration and channeling resources to satisfy political linkages are long gone,” said Osoi.

The speaker said the medical sector in Kajiado has completely been run down and many health centres and hospitals have no drugs and yet money (Sh138 million) was set aside in the 2018/2019 financial year budget.

“I have, through county assembly, demanded that the CEC in charge of medical services account for all the money, drugs and equipment alleged to be have been bought within 30 days. We are simply doing our duty as an oversight wing of government,” said Osoi.

Meanwhile, on Thursday last week, county assembly sectoral committee report on medical services painted a grim picture in the provision of drugs in all county health facilities.

In a plenary session conducted at Free Pentecostal fellowship of Kenya in Rombo, overly in Swahili to enable many locals to understand the proceedings Speaker, Johnson Osoi, called on the line County Executive Committee Member for health to respond within thirty days on the matter.

The motion was moved by MCA Paul Metui after an investigation by the health committee.

The leader of the majority party Julius Moipaai said that they had received many complaints about the shortage of drugs in public facilities terming it shameful.

“This is a department whose services touch every home and many lives and in fact, it is shameful to hear that sick people get to the hospital but can’t get drugs and proper services,” said Moipaai.

Nominated MC Jacquline Nemaoi said that hundreds of Loitokitok residents suffer sickness, sadly opt to seek treatment in Tanzania. The special elect member underscored that the nearest health facilities especially in the vast Kajiado South not only lack ambulances for emergencies but also lack drugs and cannot save lives.

“We are losing a lot of revenue to Tanzania due to poor services in our hospitals. I know of a hospital where most people from Loitokitok rush to for treatment,” said Nemaoi.

On the other hand, nominated MCA Winnie Sein said evidence to show that several private dispensaries sell government drugs that are lacking in the public hospitals.

“Those involved in distributing drugs must be held responsible if the drugs are sold in the private hospitals,” said Sein.

Locals lauded Kajiado County Assembly for ensuring the leaders get time to share and listen to their views.

“We are pleased to get involved on the new governance; we have openly talked about our health issues, roads, lack of sanitation facilities in our markets among other challenges,” said a resident, Jacqueline Mashindana.

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