By The Coast Newspaper Reporter
Tana River Governor Dhadho Godhana has lashed on Members of his county Assembly for throwing out his list of nominees to the county executive committee CeC’s.
Major (rtd) Godhana said it was not realistic for all the seven nominees to be rejected on claims that their academic and professional competencies are wanting and that they cannot head the various dockets.
Speaking to The Coast Newspaper over the phone, Major Godhana said he would have agreed with the county assembly if they had disqualified some of the nominees.
“It may be true that some of the nominees do not meet the criteria set out in law but throwing the entire list out on the grounds that the nominees had failed the interviews shows there is more than meets the eye,” he said.
He added: “The decisions arrived at by the committee may be genuine but I am aware some of these decisions were arrived at on personal differences between individual members of the committee on appointments and some of the nominees.”
He said he was studying the report of the committee on appointments, which was supported by his side of the political divide and which recommended the rejection of the nominees, before deciding on his next move.
According to Majority Leader Ibrahim Sala Adamow, Major Godhana has the option of either sending a new list of nominees to the county assembly or wait for six months before re-submitting the same list.
Governor Godhana, who was out of the country when the assembly rejected his nominees, said he would consult more on the matter before taking the next course of action.
He said the county assembly’s decision could have been brought about by a clash of perceptions brought about by ethnic politics dragged from the previous regime and urged leaders to look beyond their ethnic considerations and focus on developing the county.
“I urge leaders and the people of Tana River to look beyond their ethnic differences and focus towards developing the county that has for long been lagging in development and whose people are wallowing in abject poverty,” he said.
He said that when he took over as governor, he pledged to form an all-inclusive government, and that the list he had presented to the assembly was pegged on that pledge.
“When I took over as governor, I pledged to form an all-inclusive government, and that is what I have been doing, with a view to uniting the communities of Tana River,” he said.
The county assembly’s decision has been condemned by the minority side of the national assembly, civil society organizations and a section of members of the public who read ulterior motives on the part of the MCAs.
However, Mr. Adamow said the county assembly would not be used to rubber-stamp illegal decisions from the executive. He called on the governor to follow the law if he wanted the assembly’s cooperation.
Tana River County Assembly Committee on Appointments threw out Major (rtd) Godhana’s list of seven nominees on the grounds that some had not been placed in dockets of their speciality while others had potential conflicts of interest.
In a twist of events, the committee’s report, which was tabled in the assembly by Majority Leader Ibrahim Sala Adamow (Bangale), was rejected by the minority side, which read malice and settling of scores in the list’s rejection.
Deputy Speaker Saddam Hussein (Wayu), who appended his signature to the report, disowned and opposed it on the floor of the house saying he did not know that signing it amounted to agreeing with the committee’s decision.
Minority Leader Abdi Ergamso said he had declined to participate in writing the report and hence refused to append his signature to it on the grounds that the majority decision was meant to marginalize some communities.
Moving the motion on the report, Mr. Adamow said all the nominees had passed the integrity test under Chapter Six of the Constitution but did not exhibit knowledge and competence in the dockets to which they had been nominated.
He said the governor’s list of nominees had not met the constitutionally requirement of the two thirds gender rule and that it did not include persons with disabilities.
He said all the seven nominees failed to reach the committee’s set pass mark of 60 percent, with the highest, Mrs. Mwanajuma Habwoka Hiribae (Water, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources), scoring 58 percent and the lowest, Mr. Shukri Sugow Adhan scoring 34 percent.
“The committee observed that the nominees did not exhibit impressive and sufficient knowledge of topical and legal issues touching on their dockets and have no requisite abilities, qualifications and experience,” he said.
Committee members said that some of the nominees exhibited arrogance at times he attempted to lecture members during the vetting process at the Laza Leisure Lodge in Hola Town two weeks ago.
Mr. Adamow and Kinakomba Ward Member of County Assembly Sammy Malibe said for the county to develop, it needed competent CEC members who did not have any potential conflicts of interest.
“In the last regime, this house was a mere rubber stamp of the executive. We will not allow this to happen again because in the end, it is this house that will be blamed if things do not go right,” Mr. Malibe said.
Mrs. Rhoda Katisha Raha (Garsen South), Mohamed Gabo (Garsen West), Manasse Guyo (Kipini West) said they did not have any ought with the governor but urged him to follow the law and laid down regulations in appointing members of his county cabinet.
Those who opposed the motion included Saddam, Ergamso, Kipini West’s Musa Wario and Hirimani’s Ismael Bodha Kodobo.