Uasin Gishu County:Governor Jackson Mandago has criticised MCAs for spending too much time on foreign trips at the expense of passing the relevant legislation to facilitate the work of his executive.
Mandago lamented that the county reps recently went to Rwanda at a cost of more than KSh20 million. “The money could have been diverted to other projects such as roads,”Mandago said.
County residents have also argued that the tour was uncalled for at this time when they are faced with many challenges. They said the money should have been used for development matters, among them the improvement of infrastructure that has led to farmers incurring losses as they cannot access markets due to bad roads.
Uasin Gishu County Development Forum Chairman Felix Korir said Rwanda trip was not a priority, terming the move as a waste of resources.
“We have so many problems affecting our people and it would be a shame to see the county representatives traversing the continent with our money. We elected them to address our issues and not to misuse our money,” he said.
Korir regretted that the county assembly was concentrating on holding seminars and travelling instead of enacting laws.
However County Assembly speaker Isaac Terer and County Assembly Majority Leader Josphat Ledama Lowoi said on phone from Rwanda that the trips were financed from the assembly budget that had been approved in line with the law.
Lowoi said the trip was for the betterment of the people and thus does not warrant any complaints.
The Uasin Gishu County MCA’s are spending six days in Rwanda where they are undergoing devolution orientation.