The Tana River Governor and Members of the County Assembly have been urged to fighting and instead concentrate their efforts on service delivery to the people.
Rehema Hassan, the County MP, said she was grieved by the state of politics pitting the governor and MCAs saying the environment was not conducive for meaningful development with internal squabbles.
Speaking at the Hola Primary School where she witnessed Gender Principal Secretary Safina Kwekwe issuing cheques amounting to Sh6.6 million to women and youth groups on Thursday, she urged for reconciliation.
“As your county MP, I am grieved by the state of politics in Tana River County. We had elections in 2017 but even now we are still politicking, and this does not augur well with economic aspirations,” she said.
She at the same time urged residents to leave politics to politicians by shunning any attempts by politicians to bribe them to hold demonstrations against their rivals.
“If you want the economy of Tana River to remain poor, and then continue politicking because bad politics is a good recipe for underdevelopment,” she warned, and urged those clamouring for positions in 2022 to first show what they have done to the residents.
The woman representative asked Governor Godhana to work together with MPs and MCAs in order to achieve accelerated development instead of throwing barbs at each other while poverty continued to gnaw the county’s residents.
“I am calling for a truce between the governor and the MCAs, because although the MCAs have raised concern over certain matters, this is not reason enough to fight,” she said.
“The governor cannot work alone because he depends on the MCAs to approve the county budget estimates and other laws. If they do not cooperate with him, he will not be able to discharge his duties effectively and wananchi will suffer.”
Ms Hassan said this in the wake of a war of words between the governor and the MCAs over the management of the County Ward Bursary Fund and the proposed relocation of the county government offices from Hola Town to Dayate in Wayu Ward.
Over the weekend, all the 23 MCAs addressed a press conference in Mombasa in which they threatened to impeach the governor for various misdeeds, a factor that led to a demonstration against them by the governor’s supporters.
Speaking during function, Chewani Ward MCA Sauda Maiya Loda condemned the demonstrations, claiming that some youths were given Sh200 each to insult elected leaders.
She accused the county executive of misappropriating monies mean for the ward bursary fund and warned that MCAs would not accept the ward fund to be reduced from the approved Sh10 million per ward to Sh5 million.
“Each ward is supposed to receive Sh10 million for bursaries but the governor has reduced this to Sh5 million. We shall not accept this,” Ms Loda charged.
However, Education County Executive Committee Member Abass Kunyo said the Controller of Budget had approved the first tranche of Sh75 million (Sh5 million per ward) and the rest would be given out when the county accounts for the Sh75 million.
Tana River County Woman Reprsentative Rehema Hassan (left) with Gender PS Safina Kwenkwe during a ceremony to present cheques worth 6.6 million from the Woem Enterprise Fund and the Youth Enterprise Develeopment Fund at the Hola Primary School Hall on Thursday.