BendAburu Alert...... Dismayed HomaBay Citizens, tired of a non-performing County government, and feeling let-down by various government institutions
Dismayed HomaBay Citizens, tired of a non-performing County government, and feeling let-down by various government institutions including the Ethics adn Anti Corruption Commission Kick-starts the process of disbanding the HomaBay County Government.
Homabay County Citizens Association popularly known as Bunge La Wenye Nchi, HomaBay recently convened a “peace meeting” in HomaBay Town, [on 4th December 2018]. The well attended meeting attracted Civil Society and a cross section of members of the public from all 40 Wards and Sub-Counties of HomaBay County.
The meeting also attended by the Homa Bay County Peace and Reconciliation team which comprises of the county security team led by county commissioner Macharia Irungu, church leaders, Imams, youth leaders, civil society, and political leaders, was snubbed by all the HomaBay county MCAs, despite invitation.While lauding the efforts in ensuring peace and reconcilitation, in the County, Peter Ouma Muga, Bunge La Wenye Nchi political advisor cited the recently published 2017/18 Auditor Generals Report on the county, which noted numerous financial and legal irregularities by the Awiti administration . He noted with concern that whereas it is critical to discuss peace, it was important to know what we are forgiving.
He cite the example of the Kshs.132,Million payment for purchase of a non-existent Cotton Processing Plant at Kendu-Bay, in Karachuonyo Sub-County by the County government. An issue cited in the Auditor General Edward Ouko signed report.
“The runaway plunder of public resources in HomaBay county led by public servants and politicians in blatant disregard of laws and regulation is despicable and must be stopped at all costs” he added.
Mr. Muga wondered why all the elected political leaders in HomaBay County, were silent over the looting. He singled out the County MPs, and Women Representative for being silent about the common knowlege plundering! “Are they saying that they all do not see what is happening? he asked. All we hear is “me next …me next…” as some jostle to succeed Awiti, we know why that is more important to them, he told the applauding audience.
He wondered why all the elected political leaders in HomaBay, MPs, Women Representative were silent about the ongoing ripoff ! “Are you saying you all do not see what is happening?
He emphasised the concern that though the Audit Report, now in public circulation, was released in July 2018, five months later, in December 2018 “not a single MCA has raised the issue of its content for discussion in the County Assembly. Instead, they are busy in wrangles over their personal interests.
“We shall recall all of you, Mr Muga” concluded.
The County Comissioner, Macharia Irungu, asked HomaBay residents to observe peace even as they await the verdict of the supreme court.
Walter Opiyo, while thanking the initiative, decried the consistent tendency by the county government to exclude the people of HomaBay public participation in public projects.
Homa Bay governor Cyprian Awiti and former Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga are battling at the Supreme Court over the August 8, general elections governor results outcome. Magwanga successfully petitioned the re-election of Awiti at Homa Bay High Court which nullified the results citing numerous illegalities and irregularities.
The Speaker Bunge La Wenye Nchi, Walter Opiyo, while thanking the initiative, decried the consistent tendency by the county government to exclude the people of HomaBay from public participation in public projects. Most of the projects do not meet the bare threshold of Citizen engagement, yet this is a consititutional requirement he emphasised.
“Why is this administration acting like they are not aware,” he questioned.
Various speakers lauded the meeting as a desirable move, as people of HomaBay up their game in how they hold the elected officials accountable, and not wait for five years to decide at the ballot box.
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-Peter Ouma Muga