Machakos 2018/2019 budget jeopardised with CECs yet to be appointed

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A past photo of Dr. Alfred Mutua addressing Machakos county assembly.

A section of Machakos County MCA’s have threatened not to pass the 2018/2019 financial year budget if the County Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua does not appoint new county executives and Chief officers urgently. The members were addressing the press Wednesday after passing the Supplementary Appropriation bill that was read by the chairperson Budget and Appropriation Committee and Kathiani Central MCA Dominic Ndambuki.

November 2017, Machakos County Assembly rejected five nominees by the Governor saying that they were not competent and that the appropriate procedure was not used while shortlisting them. They asked the governor to appoint all the 10 CEC nominees and present them to the assembly for vetting but that has not been done to date.

This comes a few weeks after the Majority leader Francis Ngunga was impeached by the MCA’s for allegedly involvement in the Assemblies procurement process especially the new chamber block where he was accused of back door working with the suppliers. He was also accused for working closely with Governor Mutua and also a recent trip to Dubai was in the list of the accusations. The Machakos court however reinstated him as the majority leader.

The back and forth pull could affect development if the budget process is delayed.