No Mombasa retreat for city ward reps as Speaker cancels trip
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