I wonder what the CORD principles especially Kalonzo Musyoka is doing to stop this stalemate. This is the time to show that they are leaders. But read on…..
MAKUENI County was staring at another by-election yesterday after Governor Kivutha Kibwana announced his intention to resign following a unresolved financial row with county assembly members.
The former presidential adviser is hospitalized out of the country, possibly in Israel, “with a bit of blood pressure and stress.”
“I have decided that I am not able to be of help to the people of Makueni in this matter. After I leave hospital, I will tomorrow offer a letter of resignation as governor of Makueni County Government. I thank you for the privilege of serving you since March 27, 2013,” he posted yesterday on the Makueni County Sharing Forum on Facebook.
“Makueni is in the intensive care unit and there is a need for communication between the County Assembly Members and the executive board,” he told visiting Commission for Revenue Allocation chair Micah Cheserem last month.
Yesterday Kibwana said he had failed to convince the assembly members to agree to a compromise.
“My negotiations have reached a dead end,” he said.
In its original Sh5 billion budget, Kibwana’s government had allocated the assembly Sh89 million but the MCAs demanded Sh1 billion instead.
“After trying to see whether the MCAs can come halfway to Sh554 million, that is, between our Sh484 million and their Sh624 million, they have said they will only accept Sh601 million,” he said.
Assembly salaries and allowances amount to Sh127 million so Kibwana argued that the only extra needed was for their “extra operations and that of their staff.”
He believes that the MCAs can still surrender Sh117 million from their proposed budget.
“For the Executive to cut its budget by 117 million we may be forced to cut some development projects and even reduce the number of ministries from 10 to a lower figure. As it is, the operations money for each ministry has been reduced to the nearest of minimum”
“The ball is now squarely on the side of the people of Makueni. The Executive has exhausted its capacity to negotiate with the MCAs. I am sorry to have engaged you for so long on this matter,” Kibwana said on Sunday in another post from his hospital bed.
The Kamba Council of Elders has tried to mediate but failed.
Kibwana said that the executive removed construction of the governor’s house and executive office from the 2013/2014 budget for.
“I have realized that I cannot effectively respond to what I perceive to be county assembly insensitivity to the people’s development agenda,” he said.
“He should take up the challenge and not throw in the towel. If he really wants to save money, he will not do it by resigning. The reconstitution of his government would alone cost the county much more than what he wants to save,” Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo said.
County Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior said he had not been officially informed of Kibwana’s resignation although he said he has spoken to the deputy governor.
If Kibwana resigns, his deputy Adelina Mwau will take over for the remainder of the term. She will make history as the first woman governor in Kenya.
It is unclear how the deputy governor will be selected