Nairobi MCAs Clash With Kananu’s Administration Over Ward Projects Funds
Nairobi County Assembly MCAs are now reading malice and sabotage on the implementation of Ward development projects initiated by the honourable members.
The County Executive Committee Member for Finance Allan Igambi found himself in difficult position to explain why the county assembly has been budgeting for ward development projects in every financial year yet the projects have stalled due to non-payments.
‘‘And I can attest that probably the projects that were there after we were elected are for the members who were there before us …other projects have been rolled over and over and us members we see you guys are hell-bent on frustrating the members of county assembly ..you said you had allocated Ksh. 500 million shillings in that account why don’t you deposit money to that account and where is the money? ..” Mberia asked.
Minority Leader Michael Ogada accused the executive of using the controller of budget office as an excuse to frustrate the MCAs.
“As it stands there is someone using you to frustrate us and we are aware that is happening ..please there is a problem in that area members are crying they cannot go to the ground and to those contractors who have done some jobs please pay them,” Ogada said.
According to Finance CEC Allan Igambi they have been facing legal hurdles at controller of budget’s office whenever they request for the funds.
“Towards the tail end of the financial year we requisitioned the Ksh. 500 million from the controller of budget for the purposes of being transferred to the special purpose account …the controller of budget wrote back with a reference to the regulation for the 2015 which states that the CEC member responsible for the county government and its function shall confirm in writing that the establishment of the fund and it’s continued existence will not depend only on annual financing from the exchequer.” Allan said.
By Allan Otieno