Bungoma County Assembly speaker Emmanuel Situma has asked area governor Wycliffe Wangamati to stop misleading and inciting the public against MCAs.
In a press release to media houses, Situma told off Wangamati over the MCAs Car Grants.
During an interview on a local media house on Tuesday, Wangamati alleged that the assembly lacked money to give MCAs car grants despite President Uhuru Kenyatta pronouncement.
“The attention of the County Assembly of Bungoma is drawn to misleading and inciting remarks made by H.E Governor Wycliffe Wangamati while appearing on a morning talk show on one of the local FM station,” read the release.
It goes further to state that the governor in an unfortunate move made utterances that are divisive, misleading and inciting on a range of issues.
On Car Grants for MCAs the governor alleged that there was no budget for car grants for them after the President pronounced himself and the salaries and remuneration commission and controller of budget moved to effect the same. This is not true.
For clarity, the MCAs received their car grants from an existing revolving fund that had an existing allocation. MCA’s had been receiving car loans from the revolving fund which was budgeted for in the FY 2013-14. There was no new allocation to the fund. The case is not exceptional for Bungoma County Assembly.
He stated that the County Assembly car loans and mortgage is managed by an independent committee. The fund si subject to audit by the Auditor General.
On the issue of the employment of the Village Administrators he noted that the governor said that village Administrators will be employed from sons and daughters of peasants and bodaboda operators.
“These points to a scheme that there is an already existing group of persons that have been handpicked for the jobs,” stated Situma.
He added, “How does the governor know the person’s that will be picked for employment from a pool of thousands of applicants? Why is he segregating and profiling them along social classes e.g Children of the poor? This is divisive and inciting.
He stated that all employments in the county executive are to be undertaken by the CPSB. The governor needs to stop interfering with the operations of an independent body,”.
Situma pointed out on the budget of the recruitment of VA. The governor as the head of the county government knows very well that recruitment can only be undertaken when there is a budget.
“You cannot recruit people in anticipation for for a budget in the coming financial year. This is against the law, ” he said.
The governor admitted that there was no budget for the recruitment of VAs but goes ahead to say the process will continue awaiting an allocation so that those successful will be on office by 1st of July 2021 once a new budget has been approved. This is flip-flopping.
Situma said that it was important to point out that the controller of budget has already raised the red flag over the personnel budget for Bungoma County.
The county has already surpassed the allowed 35 percent wage bill as a fraction of the total county budget.
He said that the wage bill stands at 48 percent. We need to free money for development by working on cutting down on the wage bill.
“The governor is reminded of the provisions of the section 149 of the Public Finance Management Act which demands that public must always be expended in a lawful and authorized way,” he said.
Situma added, “As a county assembly, we shall remain steady fast in oversighting the executive to ensure such excesses as those being exhibited are not abated. We shall strive to play our roles in a just and fair manner for the well being of the residents of Bungoma.
Situma noted that the County Assembly will not hesitate to take further measures against those contravening the law. All leaders are reminded to operate the framework of law.