August 7, 2022

Godhana clashes with MCA’s leaders over developoment

A section of leaders in Tana River County has launched a scathing attack on Governor Dhadho Gaddae Godhana for allegedly failing to initiate development projects.

            Garsen Member of Parliament Ali Wario Guyo and Garsen Central Member of the County Assembly Masha Boru accused the governor of being lackadaisical in initiating projects despite having a huge development budget.

            Speaking during the opening of Kipao Secondary School in Garsen South ward on Saturday, the leaders claimed that the governor had alienated himself from other elected leaders due to his dictatorial tendencies.

            Mr. Guyo said local leaders would use all legal avenues to ensure that Dr. Godhana’s administration provides quality services to the electorate.

            “It is a shame that our governor has lost touch with residents and is spending most of his time in Nairobi hotels instead of staying in Hola so that he can develop the area,” the legislator said.

            Mr. Boru on his part said he was saddened that despite the County Assembly approving a budget of Sh7.3 billion this financial year, there was nothing to show for it on the ground barely five months to the end of the financial year.

            “We passed a Sh7.3 billion budget but the governor has failed to utilize the funds to initiate development projects because nothing is happening in terms of development in this county,” the MCA lamented.

            He said should the governor fail to heed the calls, MCAs would have no option but to impeach him.

            He said the MCAs would from next week mobilize residents to hold peaceful demonstrations against the governor to express their displeasure at the county government’s lacklustre nature in serving them.

            Efforts to get a comment from the governor were fruitless as he neither received calls to his mobile number nor responded to text messages.

            The leaders’ sentiments come barely two weeks after all the 23 MCAs held a press conference in Mombasa in which they threatened to impeach the governor if he did not change his way of doing things.

            The Controller of Budget, Mrs. Agnes Odhiambo, in her first quarter county budget implementation report, also indicted the Godhana’s administration, saying it had reported nil expenditure in the first three months despite having Sh1.9 billion in is County Revenue Fund (CRF).

            Mrs. Odhiambo attributed this to delay by the county assembly to approve the county’s financial statements and the appropriation law to allow the county government to draw funds from the CRF.

            The governor has also been on a warpath with the MCAs over the County Ward Bursary Fund, which has been allocated Sh150 million this financial year.

            The governor has been pitting the MCAs against the electorate, claiming that despite availing Sh10 billion per ward, many students were still at home due to poor administration of the fund.

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