In Summary
  • Ms Wabwile stressed that MCAs, just like any other legislator, should enjoy some privileges.
  • Kisumu East Shakeel Shabbir told the MCAs not to dwell too much on their personal welfare at the expense of service delivery.
  • Senate normally looks at Bills passed by county assemblies to ensure they conform to the Constitution.

There was a heated debate during the Fourth Annual Legislative Summit which is taking place in Kisumu after members of county assemblies (MCAs) from across the country put the Senate on the spot for delaying the passage of crucial Bills thus denying them certain privileges.

Top on their agenda was failure to enact a legislation that would provide them with car grants and one that will ensure that those who serve two terms have pension when they exit.

Nominated Senator Agnes Zani, who was representing the Senate in a panel at the summit, was at pains to explain why they are yet to pass more than 30 Bills that have been brought to them.

SUPPORT ASSEMBLIES

Acting County Assemblies Forum Secretary-General Rebah Wabwile stirred the debate when she accused the Senate of not doing enough to support the county assemblies.

She stressed that MCAs, just like any other legislator, should enjoy some privileges, which she said they are not getting because of some Bills are “stuck” at the Senate.

Among the Bills that are yet to be passed include County Government Retirement Benefits Bill, which Ms Wabwile said has denied pension to MCAs serving their second term.

“Some of our leaders are in their second term, yet since the first House, they are not cushioned because they do not have a pension scheme like our brothers at the national level,” said Ms Wabwile.

PENDING BILLS

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