Mombasa MCAs tell off Hassan over remarks

Ward reps dismiss Hassan’s allegations that assembly had become county chief’s rubber stamp.

Wednesday February 24 2016

Mtongwe Ward Rep Hamisi Mwidani (seated left) and other Mombasa County Members of County Assembly address the press at the County Hall, Mombasa, on February 23, 2016. The MCA's have told Senator Hassan Omar to stop bickering and back his allegations that the county assembly had become the governor’s rubber stamp with facts.  PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATIOM MEDIA GROUP

Mtongwe Ward Rep Hamisi Mwidani (seated left) and other Mombasa County Members of County Assembly address the press at the County Hall, Mombasa, on February 23, 2016. The MCA's have told Senator Hassan Omar to stop bickering and back his allegations that the county assembly had become the governor’s rubber stamp with facts. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATIOM MEDIA GROUP 

Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar has been told to stop bickering and back his allegations that the county assembly had become the governor’s rubber stamp with facts.

Speaker Thaddeus Rajwayi told Mr Omar to look for an appropriate way of addressing the county assembly.

On Sunday, Mr Omar alleged that the assembly has been pocketed by Governor Ali Hassan Joho.

“What the senator has said is a non-issue. We are aware he has started his campaigns for the governor’s seat. However, as an elected leader, he should follow the right procedure to state issues and not making blanket statements,” said Mr Rajwayi.

He said Mr Omar has every right to question the work of the county assembly but added: “He has never come to this assembly more than once. He is supposed to face the assembly or approach the appropriate government entity and file his reports. He should come to us and ask anything he wants and not make non-factual statements during public rallies.”

OFFERING LASTING SOLUTION

And speaking at the county assembly premises on behalf of 10 MCAs, Nominated ward rep Sarah Nyamvula accused the senator of constantly attacking the assembly instead of offering lasting solution.

“We reiterate that we are not, we shall not and we will never allow the assembly be used as a rubber stamp. If he has a problem with the executive arm of the county government, let him write a report and present it to us,” said Ms Nyamvula.

But Kongowea ward representative Jabess Oduor agreed with Mr Omar saying there were bills which were being passed in the assembly without public participation.

“I stand by the side of the senator, just recently the public finance bill was passed and it did not go for public participation. Other bills go for up to third reading and the public is not engaged in any part. How some things being done is just unconstitutional,” said Mr Oduor.

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