Nyamira county assembly has sharply differed with the senate public investments and accounts committee over the recent appraisal of Governor John Nyagarama’s performance.
According to MCAs, the committee’s chairman Moses Kajwang’s remarks irked them most.
Kajwang congratulated Nyagarama during the televised interrogation of the governor’s budget expenditure for what he said was a perfect job in his governance and development agenda.
“In fact, I happen to be a neighbour of Nyamira. Being the senator for Homa Bay, by looking at your report, I take the picture of Nyamira being a perfect government,” Kajwang said on TV.
Ironically, on the same Thursday, while the senate was scrutinising the county report and interrogating Nyagarama over the budget and expenditure at the Continental House where the committee was holding its sessions, the county assembly back at home was also busy raising questions over reported misappropriation of Sh55 million that was meant to pay salary arrears for early childhood development education teachers by the governor and his education executive Gladys Momanyi.
The assembly in a report that was presented by nominated MCA James Boera who laid bare details of how the education department misappropriated close to Sh55 million that was meant to pay salaries of phase three ECDE teachers.
Boera told the assembly that Momanyi told his committee that of the Sh55 million, Sh17 million had been appropriated to pay for the National Health Insurance Fund for the teachers; something which the ward reps said was falsehood.
“It is so heartless that the teachers earn peanuts but still some trusted officers find hearts to fleece them their dues for more than six months and our governor can still be congratulated on TV for doing unseen perfect work,” nominated MCA Jelidah Ibongia said.
It further emerged that the county had not uploaded Sh24 million to the Integrated Financial Management System something they also pointed out as suspect.
“Paying all that money to NHIF through the department was itself a grief accounting misdoing and someone is taking us for a ride,” Magombo MCA who is also the budget committee chairman Richard Onyinkwa said.
Bogichora MCA George Abuga while addressing the house said he was disappointed by the senate chairman’s remarks over the county’s performance and said it was a wrong message to the nation and a negative to the reality in the county.
“I was taking lunch while watching the senate interrogate our governor and when the chairman remarked that what was happening in Nyamira was perfect, I stopped eating and almost vomited,” Abuga said.
The MCAs resolved to kick out the executive and vowed to push for recovery of the lost money from the governor and the CEC’s personal
MCAs read foul in senate Nyamira report