By KAHONZI KALIWA
Kwale County Governor Salim Mvurya Wednesday failed to appear before the county assembly committee on oversight as scheduled.
Speaking to the media in Kwale on Wednesday, Kwale County Assembly speaker Sammy Ruwa said Mvurya was to appear before the committee following a letter sent to him last week Friday by the committee.
According to the speaker, the committee also sought to understand some of the critical issues affecting the county.
He however confirmed that the committee had received a letter Tuesday evening from the county secretary Martin Mwaro on behalf of the governor requesting for more time to organize himself for presentation.
“As the county boss committee sought clarification concerning the sh160m proposed supplementary budget for relief food including briefing the assembly on the implementation of county projects.” Noted the speaker.
Other areas of concern were reports about misuse of county resources and his failure to give daily briefs to the house on the progress within the county.
Ruwa said the committee on oversight had agreed to appoint a subcommittee comprising of 7 members to review the letter from the governor and advise the assembly.
Meanwhile, the speaker lamented that the plans by the assembly to summon the county boss has created hostility between the assembly and the executive.
“We understand the ground is following this matter with a lot of concern. We are however appealing for a peaceful co-existence as we deliberate on this matter,” said Ruwa.
Ruwa urged Kwale locals shun away from politicians fueling ethnicity and hatred amongst the locals.
He dismissed claims that the house intends to the county chief as is doing rounds.
His sentiments were echoed by MCAs Ndoro Mweruphe (Mkongani),Manza Beja (Mwereni) Raia Mkungu ( Ramisi) and Fatuma Masito.
On her part, Fatuma Masito a nominated MCA urged locals to avoid disseminating false information against the house.
The push and pull between the two arms of the county government started back on April when the executive drafted a proposal of a supplementary budget of sh160 million for the purchase of relief food for the residents.
The kitty according to the assembly would cushion residents at risking starvation during this corona period.
The proposal was however amended by the members who directed that the monies be channeled to the health and water departments in a bid to combat the spread of COVID-19.