Governor Mutua is at it in Machakos County assembly whereby he has withheld over 93M meant for staff salaries, the staff members are now crying foul over withholding of over staff Salaries and Allowances spreading to over two months.
Machakos assembly has had rocky relationship with Governor Mutua’s led exucutive over frosty political relations .
Things fell apart when the Wiper party dominated County assembly embarked on a smear campaign to lay Mutua’s administration after the County Chief appointment to office senior officers without the wardreps approval.
The events of bitter relations turned uglier when the MCA’s failed to pass the County Intergrated Development plan (CIDP) and wrote to the controller of budget seeking stoppage of funds to the devolved unit.
Mutua would later reteriate by holding funds for the County assembly bringing down operations in the legislative wing.
Mutua and the County speaker Florence Mwangangi have been sworn nemisis with their relationship characterized by name calling.
Mutua whose lifeline lie at the mercies of the supreme Court after former Kathiani law maker Wavinya Ndeti challenged his 2017 Victory has occasionally been quoted apportioning blames to external political forces.
Few week ago, the County assembly censured Mutua’s deputy Francis Maliti from his Finance and economic planning portfolio citing blatant abuse of the law, Maliti was later reinstated by a Constitutional Court
When we visited the county assembly, MCA’s and assembly staffers who have been surviving three months without pay, were crying foul.
Normal operations of the county assembly were paralysed.
On Monday, Machakos high Court Judge George Odunga ordered the executive to release funds made for the County assembly unconditionally.
The parking yard of the assembly was parked to capacity after the ward reps run out of cash for fuel, electricity had been disconnected and taps running dryer.
The County majority leader Marcus Muendo Called upon the senate and other relevant agencies to intervene and safeguard constituonal rights of assembly members.
But in a quick rejoinder, Deputy Governor and Finance CEC Eng Francis Maliti signaled that the long- standing tussle could be nearing an end.
“We are happy that Court has issued orders staying the assembly resolution hence the decision for me to approve funds on behalf of the county assembly. I have now approved over Kes 93 Million to the county assembly to cater of salaries and allowances .
Malii however maintained he will continue to perform it’s legal mandate of ensuring transparency and accountability in the use of public resources .