Assembly resumes sittings amid claims of bribery

The Assembly’s fourth session, which was meant to start on February 9, will now commence three weeks late.

Wednesday March 2 2016

A woman walks past the Embu County Assembly. The Assembly has resumed its sittings ending a three-week stalemate amid claims that some ward representatives had been bribed to frustrate business. PHOTO |  CHARLES WANYORO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A woman walks past the Embu County Assembly. The Assembly has resumed its sittings ending a three-week stalemate amid claims that some ward representatives had been bribed to frustrate business. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By CHARLES WANYORO
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The Embu County Assembly has resumed its sittings ending a three-week stalemate amid claims that some ward representatives had been bribed to frustrate business.

The MCAs unanimously supported the motion to form House Rules, Privileges and Business Committee, effectively ending the standoff that had split the assembly in the middle.

The Assembly’s fourth session, which was meant to start on February 9, will now commence three weeks late.

However, Kyeni North MCA Kanjogu Mugo claimed that the assembly’s leadership had bribed his colleagues with promises of local and international retreats so as to ensure the vote by Majority Leader Andrew Musakwa sailed through.

He said that a section of MCAs had been sponsored to attend questionable trainings at the East and Southern Africa Management Institute (Esami) in Arusha, Tanzania where they drew huge allowances.

Mr Kanjogu said many MCAs who had previously shot down the motion were also taken for retreats in Nairobi and Naivasha.

“The hefty allowances earned softened their hearts to see them eventually warm up to the government,” he said.

Gaturi South MCA John Mwangi, however, claimed that it was the County Executive that had been bribing his counterparts to frustrate County Assembly business.

The MCAs now resume regular sittings after a motion to set up the committee that sets the legislative agenda for the Assembly and disciplines wayward members was defeated twice in a span of three weeks.

Mr Mwangi threatened not to shake hands with his ‘graft tainted’ colleagues revealed that he had personally received hefty stipends from a county government official.

Muminji MCA Newton Kariuki regretted that due to the unprecedented absence from the Assembly for close to a month, the Ward Reps would not earn any allowances for the month of February and confessed to be broke.

He said no sane MCA would dare oppose formation of the crucial committee after experiencing the financial implications of not having plenary and committee sittings for a month.

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