July 13, 2020

Mombasa County Assembly committee clears transport executive as others raise eyebrows

Transport CEC Tawfiq Balala in one of his duties officiated by Governor Hassan Joho

By Peter Kombe

A five-Member of Mombasa County Assembly committee set to investigate Transport county executive committee member Tawfiq Balala over abuse of office has been cleared with some MCAs questioning this clearance.

Releasing its 28-page report on Thursday, April 4, 2019 in a hushed House, the committee cleared the CEC of all three counts: abuse of office, arrogance and incompetency.

The committee comprising of MCAs Athman Rama (Likoni), Fadhili Mwalimu (Port Reitz) Milka Moraa (nominated), Ali Shariff (Tononoka) and Faith Mwende (Kipevu) cited lack of evidence for the three counts as basis of their decision to clear him.

However, some MCAs speaking on condition of anonymity raised issues with their colleagues findings saying they fell short of their expectations.

“The committee failed in conducting thorough research bearing in mind even the Office of the Auditor General latest report questions the use of revenue under the CEC,” says one of the MCAs.

But his prompt response through his social media platforms, Mr Balala pledged to work closely with the County Assembly and MCAs to facilitated develop activities in the county.

Said he: “I want to thank the CA for giving me the opportunity to shed light on the claims. It is clear from its findings I am clean against the unwarranted accusations.”

The war between the CA and county executive resulted into the summoning of Governor Hassan Joho and the Speaker Aharub Khatri to appear before the Senate and shed light over what was the cause of their differences.

Recently governor Joho accused the MCAs of witch-hunt saying he was ready to go home and face the electorates because of the ongoing altercation between them.

According to Mombasa Senator Mohammed Faki who raised the issue in the Senate said endless wrangles were affecting business at the county of Mombasa.

“The wrangles in Mombasa County is paralyzing business activities” Faki noted during a senatorial meeting.

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