In Summary
  • The review by Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo shows Homa Bay County drifted in revenue collection, recording a decline of 7.3 percent.
  • The county assembly has also faced challenges that have ended up in court, where some MCAs were seeking to oust speaker Elizabeth Ayoo.

If sleuths are not investigating cases of graft at the Homa Bay County, then probably the ward representatives are fighting over one thing or another.

The long absence of Governor Cyprian Awiti from the public has further compounded matters putting into jeopardy the running of the affairs of the county.

Many residents now believe the county is the worst performing in Nyanza and probably in the country. The leadership, however, maintains “things are going on well”.

According to the recent county governments’ budget implementation review report for the first quarter of the financial year 2018/19, alongside Kisumu, Siaya and Kisii, the county did not incur any expenditure on development.

The review by Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo shows Homa Bay County drifted in revenue collection, recording a decline of 7.3 percent.

LAWSUITS

It generated Sh14.8 million in the first quarter of 2018/19 financial year compared to Sh15.96 million in the 2017/18 fiscal year.

Last week, a 21-member Assembly’s Roads Transport and Public Works Committee presented a damning report on discrepancies in the implementation of various road projects in the county under the roads maintenance fuel levy fund for the financial year 2017/18.

The committee chaired by Kanyaluo MCA Jeff Ongoro revealed that millions of shillings were paid for several road projects but the works “were either not done or implemented below the required standards”.

The numerous court cases facing both the executive and the legislative arm of the county government have also been cited as the biggest challenge in the devolved unit.

ELECTION

On Thursday, the Supreme Court is expected to deliver a judgement on the election petition of Governor Cyprian Awiti, a ruling that could shape or further destroy the troubled devolved unit.

The residents are anxious; they are eager to know the fate of the governor so that the county can move forward.

They are uneasy and have expressed concerns that the numerous court cases, including the petition, had halted efficient service delivery.

A state of confusion has marred the county in the last one year due to numerous court cases facing the governor, assembly, public service board and chief officers.

The governor has been battling to retain his seat after the High Court and the Court of Appeal last year nullified his August 8, 2017 election after successful petition by former Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga.

The county assembly has also faced challenges that have ended up in court, where some MCAs were seeking to oust speaker Elizabeth Ayoo.

The assembly clerk Bob Kephas is also facing corruption charges while the public service board members and some chief officers are battling in court to keep their jobs.

DEVELOPMENT

Some MCAs, whom the ODM party has since recommended their expulsion from the party, were also mulling taking the legal route.

Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’ agrees that the governor’s petition has had a negative effect on development and political stability in the county.

“While the rest of the nation moves ahead following the handshake, Homa Bay is still stuck in a political rut,” Mr Kajwang’ told the Sunday Nation on Saturday.

He explained that, “If the Supreme Court maintains the status quo, we shall work with the governor and his executive to ensure resources are used responsibly.”

The senator however confessed that a by-election on the other hand “will be a good opportunity for a reboot”.

Mr Martin Odie, a native of Karachuonyo, insists the county has “gone to the dogs”.

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