Former councillors and MCAs to broker peace in Nyamira County

Nyamira’s former councillors and pioneer ward representatives have now moved to reconcile the Executive and the Assembly following three weeks of fistfights and dominance battles that have rocked the county.

The former leaders on Tuesday met and resolved to help the two arms of the county government to overcome the differences that have caused differences between MCAs, Speaker Moffat Teya and Governor Amos Nyaribo.

The majority of MCAs who have all along been perceived as being favoured by Mr Teya has been fighting to dominate the House’s business with forces from outside also being dragged into the nasty affairs that saw 16 MCAs turn the Floor of the Assembly into a boxing ring against their 21 majority counterparts.

The fights have seen three MCAs suspended from the Floor of the House and a near bloody hatred germinating among them.

The majority 21 MCAs are said to be under influence of a politician seeking the county’s gubernatorial seat in 2022, a claim the House’s Leader of Majority Duke Masira has denied.

Masira who is leading the 21 says no politician is influencing their stand about the government’s business their major interest is to have the business of the House run without influence from the Executive.

“Who will want to be manipulated by the Executive over his or her roles? That is what we are rejecting the 21 of us and it is being wrongly viewed as an ill-intended fight,” Masira defended.

On the other hand, the minority 16 who are on the side of the Governor are fighting to ensure they are heard in the House especially after being removed from all key House Committees of Public Investment and that of Budget and Appropriations.

On their move to reconcile the two parties, the former councillors and MCAs said they have already communicated to the Speaker and the Governor over their intention but they are yet to find a day for the business.

“We are very much concerned that the MCAs are ashaming us by fighting amongst themselves, something that shows a failed leadership in the House. We want to bring them together and have them square out their differences amicably so that the people of Nyamira can get the required services,” Beautah Omanga who is the former Bogichora Ward Rep said.

Governor Amos Nyaribo on Tuesday morning said he had a meeting with County Commissioner Amos Mariba and the Speaker, Teya over the chaos that has been witnessed at the Assembly and resolved to adjourn the House until peace prevails.

“We want peace and the only way it can be found is by closing down the Assembly until we find peace through consensus,” Nyaribo said.

Omanga said his group’s peace initiative will be keen on identifying the problems leading to the impasses and find lasting solutions that will create a good environment for the execution of development programs.

By Darlington Mose

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