Joho’s tak­ing county to the dogs – Marwa

Says county only good at biryani busi­ness

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - ERNEST COR­NEL @OduorErnest

Mom­basa county is be­ing driven to the dogs and bil­lions of shillings wasted on un­pro­duc­tive in­vest­ments, Coast re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Nel­son Marwa has said.

He at­tacked gov­er­nor Has­san Joho on Fri­day, say­ing he is not a se­ri­ous in­di­vid­ual.

Although Marwa did not men­tion the gov­er­nor by name, his com­ments sug­gested so. He also kept on re­fer­ring to the county lead­er­ship, which is headed by Joho.

“We need a se­ri­ous think­ing mind,” Marwa said shortly af­ter the African Peer Re­view Mech­a­nism meet­ing at the Mom­basa Beach Ho­tel. He blamed Joho for the lack of jobs.

“The county should tell us the num­ber of jobs it has cre­ated. It is only good at spend­ing on un­pro­duc­tive projects,” Marwa said. About 65 per cent of the youth in Mom­basa are un­em­ployed. Marwa said the county is only good at “biryani busi­ness”, which he al­luded is worth­less.

Biryani is an In­dian dish made with highly sea­soned rice and meat, fish, or veg­eta­bles. This was in ref­er­ence to the plan by the county to dis­trib­ute food to KCPE exam can­di­dates. Marwa banned the project, in­fu­ri­at­ing county of­fi­cials.

The re­gional co­or­di­na­tor said Mom­basa ad­min­is­tra­tors waste bil­lions of shillings on in­ter­na­tional artists who add no value to the county.

He was re­fer­ring to con­certs held in the county in­clud­ing the Mom­basa Rock Con­cert where in­ter­na­tional star Chris Brown was the guest per­former.

It is es­ti­mated Brown was paid Sh90 mil­lion for a 90-minute per­for­mance.

“We should not get ex­cited with en­ter­tain­ment when peo­ple are starv­ing,” Marwa said.

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