Governor James Nyoro has faulted a section of Kiambu MCAs for holding his office and the functions of the county government at ransom.
Sources within the County Assembly reveal that the MCAs have in the past few weeks been negotiating for financial gains in exchange for a number of pending approvals.
Even as every county braces themselves to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Kiambu remains without a public service board, which has the constitutional mandate to hire more doctors and nurses.
The MCAs are also yet to vet and approve the cabinet, including the newly nominated Health CEC, Dr Joseph Murega.
This means that in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Kiambu county remains without a health CEC.
The result of this is inefficiency in key healthcare decisions and budgetary allocations to necessary departments to ensure the county government serves its people.
No Deputy Governor
The MCAs have also placed several demands before they can approve the newly nominated Deputy Governor Ms. Joyce Ngugi.
None of these demands touch on her suitability or credentials.
Ms. Ngugi is a counseling psychologist with a Master’s degree in Education from Kenyatta University having previously attained a BSc. in Education degree from Egerton University.
She has been the Chairperson of the National Council for Children Services and, in 2017, eyed the Gatundu South parliamentary seat.
It’s indeed totally reckless of the MCAs to focus on filling their stomachs, at a critical time when all Kenyans are in need of quality service and true leadership.
MCAs are supposed to look at the suitability of the nominees for public office as stipulated in chapter six of the constitution.
But what is happening in Kiambu is a case where they dictate to the Governor what he should do before the nominees are vetted.
This is wrong, against the law and immoral. This is also seen as an attempt to frustrate and scuttle the Governor’s development plans.
It’s regrettable that the Kiambu MCAs want to be paid before doing their job.
Like their counterparts in Kirinyaga, they have failed in their key role and resorted to siphoning money from the Executive whenever an opportunity arises.