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Daily Nation : February 5th 2014
DAILY NATION Wednesday February 5, 2014 NAIROBI | Assembly threatens to challenge Controller of Budget directive opposing development expense City Hall fights to keep ward fund Budget official declined to approve expenditure because it is against law BY PATRICK NZIOKA @patricknzioka1 email@example.com AND OTIATO GUGUYU @googooyuh firstname.lastname@example.org of Budget over the setting up of a development fund expected to draw its financing from the devolved government’s coffers. The Assembly has threatened to T move to court to challenge a directive by Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo, that she will not approve such expenses because it was against the Public Finance Management Act Last week, the Assembly passed the Nairobi City County Development Fund Bill, 2014, that authorized the county to set aside five per cent of NAIROBI Traffic police in city to be withdrawn BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Traffic police officers will be removed from Nairobi City roads by March 1, Governor Evans Kidero said yesterday. Their work will be taken over by traffic marshals who are undergoing training and will graduate by that date. “We want the police officers cur- rently manning our roads to do their primary function which is fighting crime, and to achieve this, we are he stage is set for a battle between the Nairobi County Assembly and the Controller all its revenue to be used in financing development projects in all the 85 wards in the county. If the Bill passed and signed into law by the Governor, Dr Evans Kidero, is implemented, each of the 85 wards will therefore get Sh16 million. According to the Bill, the revenue is to be used in projects identified by a ward development committee presided over by the area’s member of the County Assembly. The commencement date is the next financial year which starts this July. But Ms Odhiambo threw a spanner into the works by saying she would not approve such expenses when the county presents its budget because it was against the law. Yesterday, Assembly Majority Leader Elias Otieno said they would move to court once the Controller officially communicates to the county on the matter. Mr Otieno argued that the Assembly had the right to pass laws it deemed fit for development in the county. “The duty of interpreting the law is not for the Controller of Budget but the CIC and the courts. We are waiting for official communication REACTION Interpreting law “The duty of interpreting the law is not for the Controller of Budget but the CIC and the courts. We are waiting for official communication from her to enable us move to court to challenge that” Assembly Majority leader Elias Otieno. “The problem with the Bill is that the same people who passed the bill are the same ones who will preside over the fund which is a conflict of interest. They may have to work out a way to ensure it conforms to Constitution” Communications officer at Controller of Budget office Stephen Wangaji from her to enable us move to court to challenge that,” Mr Otieno said on the phone. Dr Kidero said he will meet Ms Odhiambo over issues she had raised on administration of the fund. “The county government emer- gency fund, bursary and ward fund will all be administered by the executive member for Finance. I will be meeting Ms Odhiambo to explain this to her,” he said yesterday. The communications officer at the Controller of Budget office, Mr Stephen Wangaji, said Ms Odhiambo was only concerned with the Bill to the extent that it was against the law. Mr Wangaji said there was a conflict of interest as the MCAs who passed the law cannot be the same people to preside over the fund. Conflict of interest “The problem with the Bill is that the same people who passed the bill are the same ones who will preside over the fund which is a conflict of interest. They may have to work out a way to ensure it conforms to the Constitution,” he said. The Bill, a brain child of one of the members, Mr Njoroge Maina, says its purpose is to ensure a specific portion of the county’s budget is devoted to wards for purposes of development and in particular, fight poverty. PROTEST | Cane farmers want firm to put up factory in region County News 19 BRIEFLY EMBU Bid to arrest county officials sparks demo A mob yesterday repulsed two police officers who wanted to arrest Embu County Assembly Speaker Kariuki Mate and County Clerk Jim Kauma. The plainclothes officers had posed as process servers. Residents protested when they learnt about the arrest bid. Mr Mate and Mr Kauma later sought clarification from county commander Willis Okello, who denied having engaged any officer to have them arrested. He promised to investigate the matter. MERU Suspected thieves deny abducting don’s wife Three men accused of kidnap- ping a lecturer’s wife in Ikuu village of Meru South sub-county, yesterday denied the charges before a Chuka court. Mr Stephen Muchangi Njiru, Mr Asthman Ndegwa and Mr Samuel Gichobi Njeru allegedly raided Prof Elias Mbaka’s home and demanded money from his wife, Judith Kaari Njoka. When she failed to comply, they forced her to surrender the car keys and locked her in the boot as they drove off to Runyenjes where they were arrested. KIRINYAGA 11 donkey carcases found at river bank Public health officials have been put on alert after 11 donkeys were found slaughtered at Wang’uru village in Kirinyaga County. The animals’ remains were found at the bank of Thiba river, raising fears that donkey meat was being sold in the area. Villagers stumbled on the carcases in the morning as they fetched water and reported the matter to the police. Most of the meat was missing and they suspected it could have been taken to butcheries for sale. BUNGOMA County begins hiring 2,000 nursery teachers This is a huge milestone as we will now fully focus on investigating accidents and enforcing traffic laws” Traffic boss Edward Mwamburi replacing all of them with around 300 traffic marshals,” he said. Nairobi traffic commander, Mr Edward Mwamburi, said a similar number of police officers have been working at the roads. He said the officers would be deployed to investigations and enforcement of the Traffic Act. “This is a huge milestone as we will now fully focus on investigating accidents and enforcing traffic laws,” he said. Mr Kidero who spoke when he hosted the new urban decongestion committee said some 45 intelligent cameras had been installed in different parts of the city to capture features of law offending vehicles. LINET WAFULA | NATION Cane farmers from Busia County during a demonstration to push for the construction of a sugar mill at Busibwabo in Matayos sub-county. The farmers criticised two Kakamega farmers who have filed a petition in court to stop Africa Polysac from setting up a factory in the region. NYERI Police seek answers to party tragedy Bungoma County has begun A 14-year-old boy died after 12 BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Police are investigating circum- stances under which an entire village suffered food poisoning symptoms after attending a party in Nyeri County. About 100 residents of Mbuyuini village on Sunday afternoon attended a birthday party for a one-year-old child after which about 60 were rushed to different hospitals with similar symptoms. hours of admission while nine were still recuperating at the Mukurwe-ini District Hospital. Food samples obtained from leftovers at the party were taken to Nairobi for further investigations by the government chemist, according to area OCPD George Ouko. A post-mortem test on the deceased had been conducted for toxicology screening to determine possibility of food poisoning. “As at now, eight females and one child are in stable condition undergoing treatment while others were discharged yesterday. “We may not be able to confirm deliberate acts of poisoning but we welcome theories from members of the public to help us with further investigations,” said Mr Ouko. However, speculations suggested that the host family was involved in a land tussle and some people may have been out to harm them. However, police said only the outcome of the tests would shed light on the tragedy. hiring 2,000 early childhood development teachers. The recruitment, which started yesterday in all the county districts, will be conducted by officers from the Teachers Service Commission, the county public service board and Knut. Interviews will end tomorrow and those selected will be required to report to their stations from Monday. Governor Ken Lusaka (above) said each of the region’s 700 public schools would get at least two teachers.
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