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MCAs paralyse operations demanding delayed bursaries

More than 50 Migori County Assembly Members today paralysed all the County Government operations demanding release of bursaries to their wards from the last financial year.

Speaking to the press after holding a peaceful demonstration at the Chief Executive Member in charge of education offices, the MCAs regretted that the funds were to be disbursed by June 2019 but failed and that only seven wards that got their share.

The assembly’s budget committee chairperson Abedi Marowa confirmed that the county government received Sh6.987 billion from the National Government and Sh387 million revenue collected within the county during 2018/2019 financial year.

Marowa vowed that no amount of mischief from the county education department would be accepted and that they needed the Sh100 million they budgeted for to be used as bursaries disbursed with immediate effect.

He revealed that the executive itself confirmed to have received all the monies.

On his part, assembly’s majority leader Asiga Roland said that they would ensure that no operation that would go on in Migori County until they received all the funds meant for bursaries and asked his colleagues not to relent on the issue.

The assembly’s minority leader Nicholas Rioba said that things could not just continue as usual in the county and that everything that is passed in the assembly must be implemented. He urged all the members not to relent and ensure the county government does what is expected of them by members of the public.

“We will not allow business as usual in the county and everything we pass in the assembly must be implemented,” Rioba said.

North Kamagambo Member of County Assembly George Omamba ruled out any witch-hunt from MCAs but maintained that their roles as enshrined in the Constitution must be respected.

Omamba threatened that the MCAs would impeach officials perceived to have frustrated bursaries disbursement.

CEC in for Education Samson Ngariba in a heated debate was at pains to explain to the angry MCAs why his office had failed to issue the bursaries weeks to closure of third term by schools.

“The finance department is in charge of signing of the cheques. My office is done with issuing the names of beneficiaries,” Ngariba said.

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