ALFRED MU­TUA

Ac­cused of hold­ing bur­sary cash

The Star (Kenya) - - News - AN­DREW MBUVA @an­drewsm­buva

MCAs from 13 wards in Machakos county say they are yet to re­ceive the first batch of bur­sary al­lo­ca­tions for the 2015-2016 fi­nan­cial year. The wards are Ikombe, Katangi, Ekalakala, Muth­wani, Machakos Cen­tral, Mu­lo­longo-Syoki­mau, Lower Kaewa, Kan­gundo North, Matun­gulu North, Ndalani, Ki­vaa, Kola and Wa­munyu.

MCAs from 13 wards in Machakos county say they are yet to re­ceive the first batch of bur­sary al­lo­ca­tions for the 2015-2016 fi­nan­cial year.

The wards are Ikombe, Katangi, Ekalakala, Muth­wani, Machakos Cen­tral, Mu­lo­longo-Syoki­mau, Lower Kaewa, Kan­gundo North, Matun­gulu North, Ndalani, Ki­vaa, Kola and Wa­munyu.

The as­sem­bly ap­proved Sh161 mil­lion for bur­saries in a sup­ple­men­tary bud­get and Sh764.75 mil­lion ear­lier set aside for the Ward Devel­op­ment Fund was re­al­lo­cated.

The bur­sary funds were to be shared equally among the 40 wards, with each re­ceiv­ing Sh4 mil­lion. So far, 26 of the 40 wards have re­ceived their first batch of Sh2 mil­lion each.

In a press brief­ing in Machakos town yes­ter­day, the 13 MCAs termed the de­lay of dis­burse­ments “de­lib­er­ate and po­lit­i­cal”. The MCAs, who have locked horns with Gov­er­nor Alfred Mu­tua for two years, ac­cused him of de­lib­er­ately hold­ing the cheques to frus­trate them.

“Last week we went to col­lect the bur­sary cheques from the Ed­u­ca­tion chief of­fi­cer, just like the rest of our col­leagues did, but we were told the cheques are with the gov­er­nor,” Kola MCA Fes­tus Ndeto said.

/AN­DREW MBUVA

Machakos MCAs ad­dress the press in Machakos town yes­ter­day

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