Murang'a governor launches Sh3.5m lighting project
|Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria and his Deputy Gakure Monyo. [PHOTO BY BONIFACE GIKANDI]|
SEE ALSO :Farmers oppose livestock registerMr Wa Iria said some counties have lagged behind after a section of Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) embarked on political witch-hunt that undermines development. "In Murang'a, we have warned our leaders against playing politics as we have a development agenda, which we must full fill on behalf of our people," said Wa Iria. Meanwhile, the county government has suffered a setback after the county assembly forced the withdrawal of three crucial bills related to financial estimates for the 2014/2015 financial year. The assembly's Finance and Planning Committee Chairman Joseph Kimani had sought the MCAs support for the three bills, but members rejected them on claims that they were not conversant with them. County Executive for Finance George Kamau, through the committee, had tabled the three bills seeking approval in connection with Sh6.5 billion estimates. COUNTY BILLS The bills that were withdrawn were; the County Budget Review Outlook, Debt Management Strategy Paper and the County Fiscal Strategy. During the special assembly presided by Deputy Speaker Moses Gachui, members only approved the 2013/2017 County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP). After the CIDP was approved, and upon sensing members opposition towards County Debt Management Policy, Mr Gachui pleaded with Mr Kimani to withdraw the bills to save himself from embarrassment. The members demanded a list of the debts the county government had inherited from the seven defunct local authorities and salary arrears before they could deliberate on the bills. "From the mood of the House, there is need to have the bills withdrawn, as they can be brought back on the floor of the house on Monday," said the deputy speaker. Charles Kirigwi, Mary Waithera, Catherine Mugo led the brigade that opposed the motions saying they lacked information. "The Assembly cannot be turned to a rubber stamp just to pass motions," said Ms Waithera.
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