No Mom­basa re­treat for city ward reps as Speaker can­cels trip

Business Daily (Kenya) - - COUNTY BUSINESS - Lil­lian Mu­tavi lmu­­tion­

A week-long in­duc­tion pro­gramme for Nairobi MCAS, that was sched­uled to be held in Mom­basa this week was can­celled by As­sem­bly Speaker Beatrice Elachi, cit­ing im­prac­ti­cal­ity.

Ms Elachi ar­gued that it was im­prac­ti­cal for the 122 mem­bers to travel to Mom­basa last Sun­day to learn basics of the cham­ber in a ho­tel, yet they would carry out busi­ness at the County As­sem­bly.

“I felt it was prac­ti­cal for the mem­bers to do it here at the cham­bers since ba­si­cally they were to be taught how to use the sys­tems and elec­tronic machines and our staff are the ones in­duct­ing them,” said Ms Elachi.

Ms Elachi, who spoke in her of­fice at City Hall, said the MCAS will in­stead re­treat for a few days in Naivasha to bond and learn about de­vo­lu­tion.

Mean­while, she said, the MCAS have been lob­by­ing for var­i­ous com­mit­tees in an­tic­ipa- tion for the open­ing of the House by Gover­nor Mike Sonko.

The gover­nor has 21 days af­ter swear­ing in to con­vene the as­sem­bly mean­ing he should do so in two weeks time.

“I have called upon the mem­bers to form in­clu­sive com­mit­tee,” said Ms Elachi.

The as­sem­bly will have a busy

sched­ule once it is con­vened with the ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives ex­pected to give pri­or­ity to pass­ing the Ap­pro­pri­a­tion Bill, which will au­tho­rise the gover­nor to with­draw cash for de­vel­op­ment projects.

The for­mer as­sem­bly did not pass the Bill pro­ce­du­rally hence it was deemed null and void as they had pub­lished it in the gazette no­tice be­fore the pass­ing of the 2017/18 bud­get of Sh35.9 bil­lion.

The county has been op­er­at­ing on a vote-on-ac­count, which only al­lows the gover­nor to with­draw only up to half of the amount bud­geted for dur­ing the year. The money can only be used on re­cur­rent ex­pen­di­ture.

The MCAS are also ex­pected to amend the Fi­nance Act, which de­ter­mines the rates that are paid by res­i­dents in a bid to ac­tu­alise Mr Sonko’s vi­sion to lower some fees in ac­cor­dance to his cam­paign prom­ises.

DI­REC­TIVE Nairobi County Speaker Beatrice Elachi. -DEN­NIS ONSONGO

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