MANDERA TRADERS WADE INTO ROW >
Business community in Mandera County asks Governor Ali Roba to mend fences with MCAS.
Traders in Mandera County have appealed for a quick solution to the political standoff between Governor Ali Roba and MCAS.
Mr Abdirahim Sheikh Issack, branch vice-chairman of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the political situation in the county was adversely affecting businesses.
“We regret the rift between the county executive and the legislative arm that has led to economic turbulence in Mandera,” he said.
Mr Issack said the business community, comprising 70 per cent of the total population in the county, was suffering due to the harsh economic situation.
“The county government failed to pay contractors and suppliers despite work done and services delivered. This hit our business activities,” he said.
According to the vice-chairman, several businesses have closed down or are operating poorly after doing business with the county government that never paid.
He challenged the two arms of government to amicably solve their political differences, adding that respect and freedom should be accorded to each other to enable an encouraging working condition.
Mr Issack added that the traders want the governor to nominate competent and well skilled personnel to develop Mandera.
Mr Roba (below) is embroiled in a political war with MCAS over formation of his executive committee.
On Thursday last week, MCAS controversially rejected a list of 10 executive nominees forwarded by Mr Roba on grounds that they were incompetent and had integrity issues.
However, a group, professionals of Mandera, wants MCAS to stop frustrating the governor.