Governor Anne Waiguru rejects ward fund bid
SEE ALSO :Raila, Waiguru ease hostilitiesThe fund, according to the Bill, would be managed by a committee appointed by the respective MCA. County Assembly Speaker Wachira Kithanda forwarded the Bill to Ms Waiguru, but returned it with a memorandum on why she rejected it. The governor noted that similar Bills to create a county ward development fund had been declared illegal in the past by the Controller of Budget. Waiguru also said the Bill was in contravention of the Public Finance Management Act, 2012, which provides for the establishment of such funds by the county executive member for finance. Memorandum stated
SEE ALSO :Uhuru's hand in Raila-Waiguru patch up"This Bill also contravenes the County Governments Act, 2012, Article 185 of the Constitution of Kenya, which distinguishes the role of a county assembly," the memorandum stated. Waiguru told the MCAs that the Bill was not tenable or legally compliant. Mr Kithanda has communicated the contents of the memorandum to the county assembly. Joseph Ndathi, the first Kirinyaga governor, set aside Sh20 million for each ward. The money was meant to fund development in the wards. However, he later withdrew the allocations, accusing MCAs of misusing the funds.