“Do your work effectively. Do not fear to oversight County Executives and Governors.”
This is an appeal by the Kisii Senator, Hon. Samson Ongeri to more than 1,500 Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) who have converged for their 3rd Annual Legislative Summit in Mombasa.
On Tuesday, Senator Ongeri one of the speakers at the Summit, challenged the MCAs to carry out their watchdog mandate without fear saying one of the primary and cardinal functions of County Assemblies is to ensure Governors and County Governments manage public funds effectively.
You are the eyes of Wananchi and therefore you have a responsibility to ensure County revenue collections and national revenue allocations to your Counties are properly utilized,” Hon. Ongeri told the County legislators.
He said MCAs would be abdicating their constitutional mandate when they fail to enforce checks and balances on how Governors are managing billions of shillings on development projects and other County programs.
Hon. Ongeri highlighted several issues that MCAs must focus on.
Some of them include: Auditing County revenue collections and National allocations to Counties, creating necessary county legislations to help Assemblies monitor both human resource and development programs in Counties, enhance legislation Agenda in Counties.
While the former senator of Nyandarwa County, Eng. Muriuki Karue, challenged MCAs to be steadfast in executing their duties for Wananchi to realize fruits of devolution.
MCAs asked senators to enact a law to create Ward Development Fund so that the Ward representatives can directly steer development in their respective wards as it is with CDF.
The afternoon plenary discussion, deliberated on Prospects and Opportunities for legislatures in Kenya, a review of county planning policies, Current Status of legislations in the Counties, Linking Policy Priorities to Expenditure Allocations to Outcomes.
Earlier in the morning, Deputy President, H.E William Ruto officially opened the five days Summit and urged the MCAs to be on the front line in the development of their Counties.