In Summary
  • According to a Sunday Nation investigation, more than a half of the county governments are in turmoil as a result of the wrangles which have seen over a dozen Executive members impeached.

  • Speakers have also not been spared from the onslaught of MCAs, with one of them telling the Sunday Nation that he hides the mace, the symbol of power in the County Assembly, in a secret place, so as to frustrate efforts to impeach him.

Projects running into billions of shillings have stalled across the country and critical operations affected as governors fight with ward representatives for control of county governments.

In some of the counties, persistent wrangles involving MCAs and their Speakers have also grounded operations at assemblies.

OUSTING

According to a Sunday Nation investigation, more than a half of the county governments are in turmoil as a result of the wrangles which have seen over a dozen Executive members impeached.

Speakers have also not been spared from the onslaught of MCAs, with one of them telling the Sunday Nation that he hides the mace, the symbol of power in the County Assembly, in a secret place, so as to frustrate efforts to impeach him.

Despite the crisis in a number of the counties, MCAs and Speakers say that they are only doing their work.

“Unlike the National Assembly which has been unable to checkmate the Executive, a number of county assemblies are effectively carrying out their oversight and representation roles,” said Nyeri County Assembly Speaker John Kaguchia, who is also a governance expert.

The crisis in counties has been in the spotlight, with the ongoing wrangles in Taita Taveta County seeing governor Granton Samboja initiate a process to dissolve the county government.

The situation in Taita Taveta has been so acrimonious that the MCAs and County Assembly Speaker Meshack Maghanga and governor Samboja have not been on talking terms.

Interestingly, the MCAs now appear to be on the same side with their Speaker after they threatened to impeach him in September last year, accusing him of arrogance and bias.

In Murang’a, wrangles persist after the ousting of six MCAs who are said to be opposed to governor Mwangi wa Iria from the helm of various assembly committees.

IMPASSE

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