MAN­DERA TRADERS WADE INTO ROW >

Busi­ness com­mu­nity in Man­dera County asks Gov­er­nor Ali Roba to mend fences with MCAS.

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - COUNTY NEWS - BY MANASE OTSIALO

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.

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