FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
COUNTY ASSEMBLY OF EMBU
PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE 17TH JANUARY 2020
MCA TELLS OFF RUNYENJES MP OVER CLAIMS OF ASSEMBLY FUNDS MISUSE
An Embu Ward Representative has scoffed at Runyenjes Member of National Assembly Eric Muchangi for alleging that the County Assembly was wasting public funds in unnecessary spending sprees.
Muminji MCA Newton Kariuki told off the parliamentarian who earlier spoke at a local vernacular station labelling the Assembly as extravagant, warning him to keep off county affairs and stick to legislating at the National Assembly. Kariuki urged Muchangi to stop bullying MCAs with unsubstantiated claims and retorted that the MP was not a prefect to police the County Assembly on ‘baseless rumours’.
In a strongly worded statement delivered at the County Assembly chambers during a Special Sitting, the Ward Rep said the MP had no moral authority to lecture the Assembly when the electorate in Runyenjes Constituency were yearning for services as their legislator at the national level spends time politicking in media stations.
He added that the County Government had gone out of its way to issue bursaries to needy students although this was supposed to be the work of the Member of Parliament, at the same time challenging the MP to be genuine with the electorate in accounting for usage of his Constituency Development Fund (CDF) kitty.
Kariuki also sought to remind Muchangi that parents in his constituency were crying for his help and needed more bursary funds disbursed. The MCA also observed that a toilet block at a school in Runyenjes, constructed through CDF funds had recently collapsed; an indicator of poor workmanship and consequent wastage of public funds.
He amid applause from his counterparts said the MP should first address such shoddy projects before venturing out of his area of jurisdiction. The MCA wondered how the MP could purport to have audited the County Assembly accounts and concluded that funds had been utilised imprudently, yet he had not checked the questionable spending in his own constituency.
Kariuki took issue with Members of Parliament for what he termed as deceiving the Kenyan citizenry with fictitious projects like the free primary education, which he noted had not taken off at the ward level. He said after failing in their duties, MPs should desist from distracting MCAs from their quest to bring development at the grassroot level.
The MCA observed that Muchangi was wrong in translating his political war with Runyenjes MCA Steve Simba into a confrontation with the entire County Assembly. Kariuki urged Muchangi to confine his attacks on the Deputy Speaker, who is said to be garnering for the Runyenjes parliamentary seat in their home turf.