In Summary
  • The MCAs want Parliament to expedite the enactment of the County Governments Retirement Pension Bill and the Ward Equitable Development Bill, both are currently pending in the Senate.
  • They are also pushing for the amendment of the Public Finance Management Act so that the 47 counties are granted financial and operational autonomy to execute their mandate without the interference of county executives.

MCAs have intensified their push for financial autonomy and better terms of service to include a pension scheme for those who complete two terms in service as is the case with Members of Parliament.

The MCAs also want car grants as opposed to the current system, where they are given car loans.

The MCAs received backing in their quest for financial autonomy with various key speakers at the Fourth Annual Legislative Summit saying it would ensure their independence and strengthen their oversight role in counties.

CORRUPTION

The ward reps said the change of their positions in the 2010 Constitution from councillors to MCAs had come with heavier responsibilities, including law making, representation and oversight and argued that it’s only fair that they were allowed to retire in honour with a good pension.

“We were councillors but today we are MCAs. MCAs are honourable members and the title Hon is very expensive and it should be guarded. Our wish is to have a car grant and not a car loan,” said Ms Florence Oile, a nominated MCA from Migori County, on the first day of the summit at the Grand Royal Swiss Hotel in Kisumu County.

“We want to walk with the government on corruption but it should also give us what is rightfully ours. Let us live honourably, walk honourably, retire honourably and if possible die honourably,” she said.

The MCAs want Parliament to expedite the enactment of the County Governments Retirement Pension Bill and the Ward Equitable Development Bill, both are currently pending in the Senate. They are also pushing for the amendment of the Public Finance Management Act so that the 47 counties are granted financial and operational autonomy to execute their mandate without the interference of county executives.

Ms Rebah Wabwile, an MCA from Bungoma County, said Ward Reps had attended the summit in the hope that their clamour for car grants would be granted without further delay.

ALLOCATIONS

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