By Josaya Mutugi
A section of Kirinyaga Members of County Assembly have claimed they thwarted Governor Ann Waiguru’s budget proposal of purchasing revolving chairs and sofa sets saying that was the genesis of their frosty working relationship.
Led by Baragui Mca and Budget Committee chairperson David Mathenge, the Mcas claimed that the governor had allocated Sh90 million to buy revolving chairs but his committee rejected the proposal and instead distributed the money equally to all the Wards where each got Sh5 million for the construction of bridges and Ecde classes as well as bursary and health departments.
“The bone of contention between us and the governor is that she wants the Assembly to act as if its an extension of the executive so that when she brings the budget proposal we rubber stamp it without removing or adding a coma, but we can’t allow that to happen,” Mr Mathenge said.
He responded to governor’s allegations that some MCAs have been frustrating her development plan for Kirinyaga County especially especially the proposed construction of Karumande market.
“Some MCAs have been frustrating my efforts to construct Karumande market, they even reallocated money meant for fuel for a lorry meant for Karumande market,” Ms Waiguru had claimed.
In a swift rejoinder, the ‘rebel’ Mcas said the Budget committee has 9 members but the governor who was accompanied by the Vice Chair and a member of the budget committee when she made the remarks misrepresented facts and lied to the locals about the budgetary process.
“It is hypocritical for the members to join the governor to lie to the members of public that they don’t know about the budget process knowing too well that we participate together in the budget making process,” the MCAs said.
The 25 MCAs now want the governor to concentrate on devolved functions instead of jumping guns on to the national government projects.
“Let her implement the devolved functions which we have passed including the construction of Kerugoya market. It is also hypocritical for the governor to purport that she respect the President while she is insulting President’s appointees like Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and other leaders.
On his part, Majority Leader and Kerugoya MCA Kamau Mulango said the governor has been pushing for disciplinary actions against MCAs who do not dance to her tunes.
“We shall remain unbowed and the governor must work for all the Kirinyaga electorates and stop sidelining Wards whose representatives do not kneel down for her,” Mr Mulango said adding that due to his hard stance, there is no development project in Kerugoya Ward.