Supremacy wars rock Nyan­darua

Business Daily (Kenya) - - FRONT PAGE - Waikwa Maina Waik­wa­maina@ya­hoo.com

The long-run­ning supremacy bat­tle be­tween Nyan­darua Gov­er­nor Fran­cis Kimemia and County Assem­bly Speaker Wa­home Nde wa es­ca­lated yes­ter­day af­ter the lat­ter's con­dants were ejected from key House lead­er­ship po­si­tions. A ri­val team of 22 Ju­bilee Party Mem­bers of the County Assem­bly (MCAS) ac­cused the out­go­ing team of prac­tis­ing par­ti­san

pol­i­tics that has held the ex­ec­u­tive hostage and frus­trated the county’s de­vel­op­ment agenda. The bat­tle be­tween the two county lead­ers es­ca­lated dur­ing the mak­ing of this year’s bud­get when the bud­get com­mit­tee of the lo­cal assem­bly re­fused to sub­mit the bud­get es­ti­mates, claim­ing that the ex­ec­u­tive had not sub­mit­ted cru­cial doc­u­ments. It later emerged that the assem­bly’s lead­er­ship was us­ing the bud­get to pun­ish the ex­ec­u­tive for slash­ing the assem­bly’s bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion by more than Sh40 mil­lion to fund its pri­or­ity projects. The stale­mate was, how­ever, un­locked at a con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing be­tween the MCAS and deputy gov­er­nor Ce­cilia Mbuthia, where the ex­ec­u­tive gave in to the assem­bly’s de­mands. The bud­get was ul­ti­mately tabled and passed with­out the crit­i­cal doc­u­ments that the Ki­iru Ga­chomba-led Bud­get Com­mit­tee had ac­cused the ex­ec­u­tive of re­fus­ing to sub­mit. Still, the assem­bly moved al­lo­ca­tions from some crit­i­cal projects and pro­grammes leav­ing the ex­ec­u­tive in a weak po­si­tion. Key ex­ec­u­tive projects that were de­nied fi­nanc­ing in­clude the planned es­tab­lish­ment of a Trade Fund, a re­volv­ing fund meant to sup­port up­com­ing and small traders. Be­sides the bud­get wars, the ex­ec­u­tive has also ac­cused the assem­bly of re­fus­ing to pass im­por­tant leg­is­la­tion, in­clud­ing a new one to gov­ern the mak­ing and con­sump­tion of al­co­holic bev­er­ages. Mr Kimemia had in March sus­pended a raft of laws the assem­bly had passed ear­lier, in­clud­ing the one on al­co­holic bev­er­ages which he said was vague and in­ca­pable of ad­dress­ing al­co­holism and drug abuse in the county. The laws were sus­pended at a meet­ing co-chaired by Mr Kimemia and County Com­mis­sioner Boaz Cherutich even as Mr Wa­home protested, ar­gu­ing that the liquor leg­is­la­tion was the best in the coun­try. “There is noth­ing wrong with the liquor law, we have no short­age of liquor or any other law in the county. What lacks is the good­will to im­ple­ment the law,” said Mr Wa­home.

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ROW Nyan­darua Gov­er­nor Fran­cis Kimemia.

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