By The COAST Newspaper Reporter
Tana River Governor Dhadho Gaddae Godhana suffered a major setback when the local County Assembly unanimously rejected his memorandum on the County Ward Bursary Administration Amendment Bill.
The governor’s memo had recommended the deletion of a clause in the bill that requires the umbrella body for persons with disabilities in the county to nominate a member to the County Ward Bursary Fund Board.
Major (rtd) Dr. Godhana had said in his memorandum that allowing the umbrella body for persons with disabilities to nominate a member to the board would amount to delegating a function of the county government to an entity that was not affiliated to the county government.
However, members said the County Persons With Disabilities Association was better placed to nominate a representative of PWDs noting that the action would not breach any law.
Leaders of Majority Ibrahim Sala Adamow (Bangale), who moved the motion on the governor’s memorandum, led the 13 MCAs present in rejecting the memorandum, saying approving it would be contrary to the principal of natural justice.
Ordinarily, Mr. Adamow would have moved and supported the motion, but he was the first to urge members to unanimously reject it, thus signalling a rift between the executive and the office of the leader of majority.
Mr. Adamow said it was unfair for the governor to neglect PWDs by denying their umbrella body a chance to nominate a member to the board, noting that allowing the governor’s memorandum would help endorse an injustice.
Ms Rhoda Katisha Raha, the chairperson of the assembly’s education committee, who seconded the motion, opposed it and so did the nominated MCA Said Kuri, who represents persons with disabilities in the assembly.
Others who opposed the amendment were Ismail Kodobo (Hirimani), Bonaya Salim (Garsen North) and Sammy Malibe (Kinakomba).
Malibe caused a light moment when he said those who would approve the governor’s memorandum would go to hell as God is the defender of the downtrodden.
“I do not want to go to hell by joining in infringing on the rights of persons with disabilities, therefore I oppose this motion,” he said.
When speaker Michael Justin Nkaduda put the question on whether to approve the governor’s memorandum, the MCAs thundered “Nay!!!”
The bill, which seeks to set aside 2.5 percent of the sharable revenue allocated to the county to the County Ward Bursary Fund, will be sent back to the governor for assent within seven days, and if he fails to sign it within seven days after it is resubmitted to him, it will automatically become law.
The delay in the passage of the amendment bill has denied thousands of students from accessing the bursary kitty, with many forced to stay at home for lack of fees.
In January this year, the governor introduced a special kitty known as the push up fund and paid fees for students in secondary schools amounting to Sh70 million.
However, MCAs and civil society groups have questioned the governor’s move, saying though it was noble, it was not backed by any law.
By The COAST Newspaper Reporter
A 29 years old Chonyi lady was crowned the prestigious title of the Mijikenda Cultural Princess Hando at the annual Multi Cultural Festival held in Malindi over the weekend.
Glory Chiru Bojo a communication graduate from Daystar University emerged the winner in a hotly contested race that attracted ten young beautiful ladies drawn across the country.
Chiru brown in colour of an American height convinced the judges that indeed she is really beautiful and worth the title when she cat walked ahead of the Dias as the crowd applauded and appreciated her natural beauty.
The young trained Journalist who graduated last year further convinced the judges that she is conversant with the cultural norms and attires as she was dressed in several traditional ornaments and Mijikenda regalia as she respectfully walked before the crowd.
The visible attractive dimples and smiling face Chiru wears could have acted as a charm to the judges who unanimously voted her as the 2018 Hando Princess making the crowd to burst into a cloud of appreciation as they acknowledged her win.
Chiru won herself a one week trip to United States US, fully paid up courtesy of Mseto Africa Ltd the event organiser while the second and third runners up will be heading to Zanzibar and Maasai Mara respectively.
She was closely followed by a 23 year old Giryama lady from Kwa Upanga village in Malindi sub County.
The Short baby face Claudia Dhahabu Kenga is undertaking a Bachelors degree in Information Science at Technical University of Kenya could not hide her joy when she was pronounced the second runners up in this year’s Princess Hando contest.
“I can’t believe it, it’s a surprise to me. I know am beautiful but I could not imagine I would emerge number two” Dhahab joyously said.
Both the two ladies love socialising and travelling as well as reading novels but they all hate with passion gossipers popularly known as “Team mafisi”
Young Purity Ghamakale Buya 22years of age from Tarasaa village in Tana River County was declared number three by the judges and seemed comfortable with her achievement.
The softy spoken Purity is a holder of a Diploma in Law currently working in a law firm in Malindi.
She loves travelling, site seeing and making new friends, will now spend one week in Masaai Mara as her prize for participating and emerging number three in this year’s Hando Princess contest.
Thousands of local and international tourists flocked the town to attend this year’s Multi Cultural festival that was graced by several dignitaries including the County Executive Committee Member Trade Tourism and Culture Lamu County CeC Dismus Pole Mwasambu, Chief Officer Trade Tourism and Culture Kilifi County Patience Tsimba, Mseto Africa Ltd Coordinator Anthony Kadenge, Team Leader Jacob Mulanda among others.
Though the Deputy Governor Kilifi County Gideon Saburi had indicated that he would attend the much publicised event, he changed his mind at the eleventh hour and failed to show up.
The Cultural Festival aims at promoting peace and cohesion amongst different communities within Kilifi County and the Country at large.
Mseto Africa Ltd Coordinator Anthony Kadenge said such activities also help in revamping the Tourism industry that has been leaping down for several years.
“This area has rich traditional cultures that many tourists are yet to get a glimpse of, so such events do showcase these traditions and attract lots of tourists more so the youth also get opportunities to expose their God given talents” he added
The three day Multi Cultural Festival is normally celebrated during the Easter holiday.