The ongoing conflicts and disagreements between the Executive and Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) in several counties have been described as troubling by the Senate.
The Senate cited that Kiambu, Kericho, Kisii, Migori, and Busia as some of the counties dealing with leadership disputes through the Devolution Committee.
Among the problems the committee plans to settle in the upcoming days are those involving Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.
The growing disputes, according to committee head Mohammed Abass, were undermining the devolutionary spirit.
In order to comprehend the issue and the best course of action, he stated that the committee would travel to all of the affected counties.
He stated, “We are eager to address them. We are disturbed by the escalating disagreements between national leaders and even between the administration and the assembly.
Abass claimed that they had been able to travel to the counties of Meru and Tharaka Nithi, where the issues with leadership and boundaries, respectively, had been settled.
At the same time, the Wajir Senator voiced the committee’s worry about the pending bills, adding that this might make service delivery impossible.
He cited Nairobi and Wajir as having outstanding debts totaling Ksh. 100 billion and Ksh. 5 billion, respectively, and criticized the figures as being excessive and dubious.
He questioned how the numbers reached their current heights when counties had budgeted for them but contractors hadn’t received payments in years.
Vice-chairperson of the committee Catherine Muma, for her part, welcomed the DP’s planned meeting with the elected leaders of Meru.
She stated that both parties are prepared to collaborate in order to address the Meru disagreement and that the committee is eager to settle the other conflicts in the other counties.
The nominated senator continued by stating that hundreds of traders had lost their hard-earned money, that the upcoming measures were destroying investor trust.