MCAs engage in a brawl in Nyamira County Assembly

Nyamira MCAs have vowed to ensure all the nominees for the various CEC positions have been approved despite challenges.

Divisions engulfed the assembly with a section of MCAs who were questioning the delay to approve the nominee for the CEC for the environment, water, mining and natural resources clashed with their counterparts prompting the Assembly’s adjournment,

Part of what caused the fight was the failed attempt by the House leadership to present a report of the Assembly’s Committee on Appointments which wanted to table the name of a nominee to the executive – Clifford Ogwara – which is being contested.

The disgruntled MCAs who are a minority comprising 16 have been complaining over a move by the House Selection Committee to de-whip them from key committees.

The committees whose leadership and membership was changed were those of Budget and Appropriations as well as the Public Investments Committee.

Unending wrangles at the County Assembly of Nyamira has partially brought to a halt the important businesses to be discussed during the Tuesday morning session at the assembly.

Nyamaiya MCA Raban Masira squared it out with his Rigoma counterpart while his Ekerenyo counterpart  Thadeous Nyabaro tried it out on Gesima ward’s Charles Maroko.

The House turned more chaotic as the other MCAs started shouting and blowing whistles.

The chaos was a spill-over of several unanswered complaints from MCAs.

The MCAs have now turned against each other blaming a section of their colleagues siding with rebel MCAs and the speaker to counter the development agenda in the county that should be discussed in the assembly.

This prompted the MCAs to blow whistles in the assembly demanding why the speaker was not available in the house and why the business of the day was changed from the initial they were to discuss.

Bokeria MCA Callen Atuya condemned the step saying it is not fair since the electorates are the ones who are suffering.

“It is very shameful that we have come to work for our people only to find we are given blank order papers demanding that we should adjourn the house. Why are we being lied to the ditch and yet we can streamline this house?” Atuya posed.

More drama is expected as the MCAs vowed to pitch camp at the Assembly in a bid to ensure what is right has been done.

Ekerenyo Ward MCA Thadeus Nyabaro said if the assembly leadership continues with the trend, then the house is doing nothing and the residents will suffer, claiming sharp divisions are still in the assembly.

“If we continue this way, we are going nowhere. ‘people’ have been consulting from the word go and we are not even aware what they are consulting. We know for sure that we have very sharp divisions in the assembly where we are not pulling together, and this is a call to our governor to come in and arrange this house for the better of the residents of Nyamira,” said Nyabaro on Tuesday morning.

A section of MPs however have been dragged into the current issues taking place in the Assembly with the MCAs saying they are not under influence of anyone but are fighting for the electorates.

North Mugirango MP Joash Nyamoko in a phone interview on Tuesday condemned what is currently in the Assembly calling upon speaker Moffat Teya and Governor Amos Nyaribo to work together to resolve the issues at the assembly.

We cannot expect development in our county, what we are doing is just to undermine each other. These wrangles cannot take us anywhere but drag our county’s development

While addressing journalists in his office, speaker Moffat Teya said what was on the initial order paper was not ready and he had not gone through it, that is why they had to withdraw it, denying the allegations on sharp divisions in the assembly.

“I had not seen what was in the order paper and I had to withdraw it so that it can be discussed some other time. On divisions, I can say there are no divisions in the Assembly but it is all about interests which is very normal and I believe they will come into consensus about the issue, that is why I left the to argue and come to a consensus,” Teya told journalists in his office.

By Darlington Mose

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