MCAs want Ksh.50B, accuse governors of arm-twisting them

MCAs at the 4th County Assembly Forum in Kisumu
MCAs at the 4th County Assembly Forum in Kisumu

Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) are pushing for a Ksh.50billion kitty to be allocated directly to them.

This is after the Commission on Revenue Allocation presented a budget policy statement which proposed that Ksh. 335B be allocated to counties.

“Where is the Ward Development Fund Act as at now, they should not tell us that it is in the second stage,” lamented the MCAs.

They were speaking in Kisumu County on Tuesday during the legislative summit.

They demanded that 15percent of the allocation be directly disbursed to their office when the next financial budget is drafted.

According to the legislators, the move will cut down over reliance on the Senate and enable project executions and developments in the assemblies.

They have also downplayed sentiments that the money is for personal gains.

“That fund is not going to in terms of money to a particular MCAs, but they will be a possibility of siting and agreeing which projects are going where,” they said

The legislators accused the Senate of playing a ‘cat and mouse games’ and insisted that they want independence.

They further accused the governors of arm-twisting them which has compromised their oversight role.

Ironically, the MCAs can only have their way if the Senate approves the Ward Equalisation Fund Bill.

The Bill also includes the provisions for pension for MCAs and other county employees.

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