Economic Freedom Party (EFP) has challenged Mandera Governor Ali Roba to seize goodwill extended by the MCAs in approving his executive members to fight corruption.
EFP National Chairman Issack Hassan Abey said the unanimous approval should give Roba the momentous to address claims of exclusion and runaway graft in his administration.
Mandera County Assembly Members last week unanimously approved nomination of ten members for executive positions, nine months after rejecting them.
EFP has majority MCAs in the assembly, making it difficult for the minority Jubilee Party – on whose ticket Roba was reelected – to pass motions without its backing.
Abey yesterday said the party agreed to approve the nominations to ensure the locals are not deprived of basic services by the county government.
He, however, explained that the approval was an endorsement of Roba’s administration, stating that the county boss should seize the moment and engage EFP in fighting corruption and lack inclusion.
“The approval by EFP MCAs is not that we are now in agreement with the running of the county government but to avert crisis in service delivery to the locals,” said Abey.
“Basic services like healthcare were facing total paralysis,” he added.
He warned that should Roba fail to involve them, the outfit would continue pushing for good governance.
“Unless we sit down and address these grave matters of corruption and lack of inclusion, EFP will not relent,” he warned.
The approval was a U-turn by the MCAs on the list they rejected in November.
This as they clarified there was no ground to keep rejecting the names that were forwarded by Governor Roba.
They admitted that they rejected the earlier list because of the political situation in the County at that time and not because of integrity issue as claimed earlier.
The nominees were rejected after the Committee on Appointment stated in its report that some nominees were unable to defend themselves from accusations of mismanagement, misappropriation of public resources and abuse of public office
But while approving the names, the House said it was wrong for the members to reject the list on integrity grounds and that it has sufficiently established that none of the nominees was under investigation for mismanagement of public funds or integrity by any investigating agencies.
The party further said that the decision by its gubernatorial candidate Hassan Noor Hassan to withdraw his appeal against Roba was a personal decision and not backed by the outfit.