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County Assembly in Financial Crunch as Workers, MCAs Go Hungry

Johnson Osoi

Kajiado County Assembly is so broke that it has not been able to pay workers since June as all the cars have been grounded.

Speaker Johnson Osoi opened up to the reality of his financial situation saying that county assembly members have also not received their pay since June.

This is happening when the county’s executive arm has published its budget for the scorecard occasion in Kiserian on Friday, August 16, 2019. Governor Joseph Lenku will use the occasion to tell Kajiado residents what he has done with the devolution money in the last one year.

The executive will spend a whooping Sh22, 701,000 on entertainment, documentaries, live radio and TV coverages, Nation and Standard newspapers’ coverage, two local radio stations and VVIP lunch among other items in one day.

The event will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Council of governors’ chairman Wycliffe Oparanya will lead other several governors to the fete, according to governor Lenku’s press release.

“To be sincere, all our vehicles have been grounded because we cannot secure their insurance, petrol and therefore House committees cannot do their work. MCAs cannot afford to travel to the assembly from their wards,” said Osoi.

He said on Thursday evening that the financial crisis has virtually grounded all businesses at the county assembly as MCAs from far-flung areas cannot travel from their wards.

The speaker said he spoke to the controller of the budget in the county and was assured that the treasury is in the process of fixing the financial mess.

The office of the governor enjoys a budget of about Sh140 million annually, and therefore Lenku could not be feeling any financial pinches while the county assembly is reeling in a financial mess.

All the departmental heads, chief officers and workers will be transported to Kiserian from Kajiado in county government vehicles to attend the fete.

Osoi said the assembly has raised questions over the sacking and reinstating of county ministers by governor Lenku without consulting the political arm of the county government.

“We are particularly concerned that he sacked his finance CEC member, Alais Kisota and later reinstated him without informing us,” wondered Osoi.

 

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