SPEAKER'S ORDER

No sittings for Kisii committee bosses until all reports are submitted

A number of chairmen have, however, been complaining that some county executives have been hampering their work by hiding information.

In Summary

• Last month, before MCAs went for a one-week recess, the speaker issued a directive to the chairmen to table their reports or action would be taken against them.

• MCAs have accused the county executives of treating them as flags when they seek information adding that they are tired of being belittled.

Kisii county assembly
Kisii county assembly
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Kisii county assembly speaker David Kombo has ordered the committee chairmen who have not submitted their reports not to attend sittings.

Yesterday, Kombo said he had no option other than to compel them because some chairmen have taken too long to table the reports sought by members.

“I am now directing that all sectoral committee chairmen not to attend sittings until they table reports sought by members. They have no option other than obeying the order,” he said.

Last month, before MCAs went for a one-week recess, the speaker issued a directive to the chairmen to table their reports or action would be taken against them. A number of chairmen have, however, been complaining that some county executives have been hampering their work by hiding information.

They said some executives take up to six months to give information, thus making their work hard. In April, MCAs threatened to impeach executives who hide information from the public.

They accused the executives of treating them as flags when they seek information and warned that they are tired of being belittled.

“We have been patient enough. We cannot tolerate situations where the executives belittle us. They should understand that days are long gone for hiding information,” Kiogioro MCA Samuel Apoko said.

Further, they complained that they have been unable to discharge their roles because of funds The members have formed a Sacco that will enable them to save money. Interim chairman James Ondari said that they came up with the Sacco idea after long deliberations.

He said the MCAs who were not reelected are facing a lot of financial challenges because they never saved any coin during their term. Ondari pointed out that the Saccos which will be dubbed as Kisii County Assembly Sacco has been registered.

Forty-four out of 70 members, including Kombo, have already registered.

“Speaker, the Sacco will help members save for the future. I have noted with concern the hardships some members of the first assembly are undergoing,” Ondari said.

Members, including Protus Moindi, David Bwana and Denis Ombachi, praised those who came with idea noting that some companies grew from the Sacco. However, the MCAs unanimously agreed that the Sacco will not be run by them but the assembly staff.