By Nyangari Wa Muthoni
Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga’s appetite for huge bill boards will be cut into sizes if a motion filed by Karatina Town MCA Watson Weru will see the light of the day.
Mr Weru wants the size of project sign boards reduced to a standard size to save the tax payer’s money which will then be channelled to other development projects.
The MCA, in a motion, noted that Mr Kahiga’s big bill boards have been gratuitously costly due to inclusion of unnecessary information.
“A standard sign board should entail only the employer’s name, project tittle, tender number, financiers, contractor, and dates for contract duration, commencement and completion dates,” Mr Weru said.
He added that his motion was informed by the principles of public finance which calls for ensuring value for money and prudent management of money from public coffers noting that limited resources should be used in erection of bill boards to give way for more funds being channelled to essential projects.
The motion was seconded by Kiruga Thuku (Chinga) who said there was no need to have huge bill boards as they only required to have necessary information to save money.
“Signboards should not be costly and that should commensurate to the work being done on the ground. Various departments under the devolved unit must avoid unnecessary inscriptions on the signboard,” Mr Thuku said.
Mr Kahiga’s administration has been on the spotlight after erecting an enormous bill board describing a latrine project for Kahara ECDE center with many insinuating that the bill board could have cost a Nyeri resident more than the money used to construct a latrine.
This is not the first time Governor Kahiga is receiving a backlash, two months ago, he became a laughing stock in Nyeri after labelling a donation of sanitizers after his name.