After several attempts by the County Assembly to summon the County Executive committee member for and the Chief Officer of education over the Bungoma County scholarships proving futile, County Assembly Speaker Emmanuel Situma has threatened to effect sanctions if the two will not show up in the final summon.
Despite an order having been issued for the two to appear before the Assembly during whole Assembly sitting on Thursday 19th May 2022, the duo skipped yet another grilling session prompting the Speaker to set another sitting for 24th of May, 2022.
In a written response, the County Secretary Joseph Wakoli Wambati stated that the CEC Dr. Betty Mayeku had an emergency which she was attending to while Chief Officer Rose Murunga was unwell and hospitalized.
Members of County Assembly viewed the continued boycott by the Executive as defiance and disrespect to the honourable House.
Nominated MCA Luke Opwora hit on the Executive for not respecting summons by the Assembly which was a representation of the people of Bungoma. He added that the executive was playing a cat and mouse game which should not be condoned.
Nominated MCA Rebah Wabwile in her submission before the House, said there was no vacuum in any government office and sought to find out why Directors in the Department of Education could not have appeared on behalf of the duo if they were engaged in other matters.
Kimaeti Ward MCA Jack Wambulwa said the Assembly is mandated to oversight the executive and has a right to seek information on pertinent issues such as the County Scholarships on behalf of the public whom they represent.
“The County Education Department is more concerned about bursaries and scholarships than any other development programs. The money in question is tax payers money and therefore if they don’t appear how will they account for its utilization?” said Wambulwa.
Hon Jane Chebet pointed out that the Assembly had been let down by the Executive leaving a negative impact on the public.
Khalaba Ward MCA Majimbo Okumu said the summons were directed to the CEC and Chief Officer and not through the County Secretary and hence wondered why he was the one responding.
“The executive is ever complaining in public rallies about the Assembly taking them to Court yet when given an opportunity to appear before the House to shed light on critical issues they don’t show up,” added Majimbo.
Other MCAs who contributed to the matter included Deputy Speaker Stephen Wamalwa, Lwandanyi Ward MCA Tony Barasa, West Bukusu Ward MCA Sospeter Nyongesa and Chwele/Kabuchai ward MCA Barasa Mukhongo.
The Executive still insisted that they will only be available to respond on the scholarship matter on 2nd of June, yet the Assembly will have adjourned sine die ahead of August general elections in line with the law.