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Bungoma MCAs clash as they try oust majority leader

Thursday May 7 2020

Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati

Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati addresses the press at the county's head office on April 11, 2020, on claims of the purchase of 600 20-litre jerrycans at Sh10,000. PHOTO | BRIAN OJAMAA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Chaos erupted at the Bungoma County assembly on Thursday afternoon after members of the county assembly failed in their attempt to oust leader of majority.

This is the second time that the MCAs have tried to oust Florence Wekesa who is also the ward rep of Maeni ward.

The MCAs hurled abuses at each other as they engaged in a shouting match.

Over 60 ward reps from various parties had convened for a special sitting to try and extend their house calendar.

They accused Speaker Emanuel Situma of frustrating their efforts to oust Florence Wekesa who they said had been "liaising with Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati in presiding over impunity at the House."

The ward reps had collected over 25 signatures paving way to have Wekesa replaced by her deputy.

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They accused Wekesa of watching as the executive engaged in wanton graft, citing the recent case where the county was on the spot for alleged misappropriation of funds meant to fight Covid-19 by buying sanitisation equipment at an exaggerated price.

The MCAs lead by Tuti Marakaru ward MCA Juma Nyongesa accused Mrs Wekesa of sleeping on the job.

'We can not allow the MCA to continue to mislead us and make the electorate lose faith and confidence in us and send us home in 2022 for having failed in our oversight roles because of something that we can easily rectify,' he said.

'When we were elected as MCAs in 2017 by  Bungoma electorate we we have tried our best to play our roles but we have been failed by the leader of majority whom we picked,' he said.

'We as a House would like to have our freedom so that we cannot just be controlled as puppets by the county government of Bungoma executives,' he added.

'We cannot allow the Speaker to be a stumbling block and if he continues to do so he will face our wrath, ' he added.

Fred Musebe a Ford Kenya nominated MCA said that as ward reps they have seen the ills being committed by the county government.

He said that Wekesa who once served in the assembly service board was also removed from her position due to poor leadership.

But in a rejoinder Wekesa said that she has been working well and only accused those who wanted to oust her as busy bodies who wanted to sabotage Wangamati's regime.

She said that she has always been advocating for the county government interests bearing in mind that its a Ford Kenya government.