Mom­basa mis­used county cash from 2013, says Mwaboza

The county does not pri­ori­tise res­i­dents’ needs and should ac­couty for the Sh18 bil­lion re­ceived from the na­tional gov­ern­ment, the for­mer Kisauni leg­is­la­tor says

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - BRIAN OTIENO @Yo­bramos4

The Mom­basa county ad­min­is­tra­tion has mis­placed pri­or­i­ties, which is hurt­ing res­i­dents, Mom­basa gover­nor as­pi­rant Ana­niah Mwaboza has said.

He told the Star on Fri­day that the county ad­min­is­tra­tion has not given res­i­dents value for the money it has re­ceived from the Na­tional Trea­sury since 2013.

“What has Sh4.5 bil­lion a year, which amounts to Sh18 bil­lion, been do­ing for the last four years for the peo­ple of Mom­basa?” Mwaboza asked.

“Who says it was a pri­or­ity to put walk paths within Nyali, while there are ar­eas like Mshomoroni, Mwakirunge, Jomvu, Kwa Hola, and Mtongwe which have no roads?”

How­ever, Mom­basa county di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions Richard Chacha yes­ter­day said Mwaboza is mis­in­formed.

He said Mwaboza should wait for a chance to get elected and do the projects he thinks are a pri­or­ity.

“We will not re­spond to that. He will do that [build roads] when he be­comes gover­nor,” Chacha said.

On Fri­day, Mwaboza asked the county to ac­count for all the money it has re­ceived from the na­tional gov­ern­ment since 2013.

He ques­tioned the wis­dom of put- ting up a foot­bridge at Bux­ton, which he says is not as busy as Likoni.

“If it is de­con­gest­ing the road net­work, then you would think that in four years one would come up with an al­ter­na­tive, in­clud­ing con­struct­ing a bridge at Tu­dor Creek or es­tab­lish­ing a ferry ser­vice within English Point for the peo­ple us­ing the Kon­gowea Market,” Mwaboza said.

But Chacha said the for­mer Kisauni MP should check his facts first be­fore mak­ing al­le­ga­tions.

The county, in part­ner­ship with the na­tional gov­ern­ment, plans to put up a sec­ond bridge con­nect­ing the Is­land to Mshomoroni at Tu­dor Creek.

A fea­si­bil­ity study by Deloitte and Touche was launched in Fe­bru­ary 2015 and was sup­posed to take six months. The re­sults of the study have not been re­leased.

The county has set aside Sh100 mil­lion for the ac­qui­si­tion of two bridges to op­er­ate at the Mtongwe Ferry to ease traf­fic in the Likoni Chan­nel Cross­ing.

Mwaboza ac­cused the county ad­min­is­tra­tors of putting their egos ahead of ser­vice de­liv­ery. He cited the dis­agree­ment between the county and the na­tional gov­ern­ment.

The Mom­basa gov­ern­ment has been at log­ger­heads with the state over sev­eral is­sues, in­clud­ing land dis­pute, the rev­enue col­lected at the Mom­basa port and the re­fur­bish­ment of the meat market at Mark­iti.

/ELKANA JA­COB

A man walks past the new foot­bridge in Bux­ton, Mom­basa, on Oc­to­ber 16

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