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‘We will deliver’ New Minority leadership at Nairobi Assembly

Oct 23, 2023
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New minority leaders at the Nairobi City County Assembly have accused embattled former Minority leader and Whip of pursuing their own agenda instead of support by critics and legislation.

In a letter dated 19th October, UDA communicated changes earlier today where Waithera Chege was named as the minority leader who will be deputized by Deonysias Mwangi (Guthurai MCA).

Umoja One MCA Mark Mugambi will be replaced by Nominated MCA Joyce Muthoni as Minority whip.

Muthoni is now to be deputized by Clay MCA Samora Mwaura as her deputy.

The changes were said to be made after 35 MCAs alleged to have appended their signatures to change the leaders.

The faction said the assembly has not been independent hence performing dismally in the last year because there have been no good rules enacted by the Assembly apart from those related to budget-related issues and planning.

They have promised to deliver well in their leadership and put the government on its toes to ensure delivery to Nairobians.

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“The aspirations of the former leadership were not resonating well with Nairobians who elected them and as we have been watching their conduct and it is for this reason we promise to do better,” Hon Joyce Kamau, now stated.

Hon Waithera stated that in her leadership matters of legislation shall be at the forefront.

The legislators said there has been a disconnect between the priorities of Governor Sakaja’s government and those of Nairobians who need

“Our people have told us the government should address the issues of traffic congestion, garbage collection, settlement of pending bills, a stable supply of clean water, and a clean environment,” Waithera said.

They have also condemned the harassment of traders by the city inspectorate.

There has to be a separation of power to realize effective oversight by MCAs. In the last year that we have been here, there has never been this and it has to be reversed.

Further, they said the Members of the County Assembly have lots of pending allowances yet to be paid by the executive because the CEC Finance chooses what to pay and what not to.

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“On the question of Financing of the Assembly activities, the current finance Architecture leaves the Assembly at the mercy of the CEC Finance and the Controller of budget and the CEC chooses what to pay, when to pay and what not to pay. Whether true or not, the fact is Hon Members have not been paid some allowances for workshops they have attended and this becomes uneasy for them to do their oversight role,” Waithera added.

“We accept to take the leadership because we want to ensure well completion of projects across and also the implementation of the Ward Development Fund which has been receiving hindrance from some officers in government,” she concluded.

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