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Daily Nation : February 28th 2014
10 | National News TURF WARS | Officials plan to seek court advice after lawmakers took control of cash Governors fault MPs over Sh3.4bn G County bosses say it is wrong to lump Equalisation Fund with CDF, which has itself raised questions BY SAMUEL KARANJA @Wachege1 SChege@ke.nationmedia.com overnors yesterday criticised the decision by MPs to take over the management of a Sh3.4 billion fund for marginalised areas from the county to the constituency. They said it was wrong for the Equalisation Fund to “be lumped together’’ with the Constituency Development Fund and that they would seek the court’s advice on the legality of the move. “It is not right to go that way when we know there are serious issues we have been raising about separation of powers,’’ said Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi. Mr Abdullahi is also the chair- man of the Council of Governors’ Finance and Economic Affairs Committee. The MPs have been debating a Bill to amend the Constitution so that money allocated to the Equalisation Fund was managed at the constituency level alongside the CDF. Separation of powers During debate on the motion by Samburu West MP Lati Lelelit, the lawmakers argued that CDF structures were well-established and money designated to be spent at the national level was better spent using that model. In criticising the attempt to lump together the two, the governors said CDF has raised controversy over its management. Speaking after a meeting with editors, the governors said the MPs’ action also raised questions about separation of powers. EVANS HABIL | NATION From left: Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto and Meru Governor Peter Munya during their meeting with editors at a Nairobi hotel yesterday. At the same time, the gover- nors indicated that they intended to meet the Auditor-General over reports released detailing massive misuse of county funds. The governors said the reports were released to the public and the media before the leaders were given an opportunity to look at them. The county bosses said that their responses to audit queries were also not addressed in the report. “Governors were not given a chance to explain themselves. The audit was done three months after we were sworn in and we are the ones who invited the Auditor-General to look into our books,” said Mr Isaac Ruto, the council chairman. The county leaders criticised the National Assembly and the Senate for attempting to “usurp” their power and trying to intimi- date the Judiciary. Mr Ruto told journalists that the county leaders were willing to take responsibility and be accountable. “We as governors have not at any time said we are not accountable, we are accountable to the people of Kenya and to any other institution that has been given the power to hold us accountable,” he said. Governors summoned Meru Governor Peter Munya accused the National Assembly of being “treacherous” by threatening to cut the Judiciary’s budget. The Senate Committee on Finance, which is chaired by Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow, has summoned nine governors in connection with an earlier report by the Controller of Budget, Ms Agnes Odhiambo. Senate Committee on Finance, which is chaired by Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow (above), has summoned nine governors in connection with a report by the Controller of Budget, Ms Agnes Odhiambo. “It is not right to go that way when we know there are serious issues we have been raising about separation of powers” Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi REACTION Lawmakers’ move queried DAILY NATION Friday February 28, 2014 BRIEFLY BUNGOMA Tobiko stops case against Kiminini MP Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa can now breathe easy after the State terminated a criminal case against him yesterday. Dr Wamalwa had been charged with threatening peace by engaging in a brawl. Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko said there was no evidence implicating Dr Wamalwa and that there was no reason why he was prosecuted in the first instance. KWALE Community appeals for identity cards The Makonde community has asked the government to issue them with identification cards. Chairperson John Juma said they had been in Kenya before independence but were still treated like foreigners or refugees because their origins is Mozambique. Mr Juma said they no longer had ties with their country of origin. “We were born here ... this gives us the right to be Kenyans. We do not want much except ID cards,” he said. IMENTI SOUTH Mentally ill lynched after killing villager A middle aged man was killed in Kiburu village by a man suspected to be mentally ill. Mr George Muriithi was slashed to death by Mr Erick Mwenda, 29, at around 11.30am on Wednesday. South Imenti police officer John Cheruyoit said the suspect cut the deceased severa times, killing him on the spot. Villagers then turned their anger on Mwenda, killing him on the spot as well. Top bank manager shot dead by gang BY NATION REPORTER A director with the Family Bank was killed as he stopped to pick up a friend on Waiyaki Way in Nairobi. Nairobi County Commander Benson Kibue said Mr Peter Njuguna Mukuria had left the city centre on Wednesday night to pick up Ms Margaret Nyawira, 28, at a bus stage near Kianda School. Ms Nyawira told the police that as Mr Mukuria stopped the car, they were accosted by two armed men who forced their way into the back seat. Mr Mukuria, the deputy di- rector in charge of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) at the bank, started driving away but he was shot from behind on the left shoulder. He died on the spot. The attackers escaped without stealing anything from him. Mr Mukuria’s car hit another vehicle from behind on the busy highway. The motorist whose car was hit realised that the other driver had not stopped. He got out and started haranguing him only to realise that he was dead. Ms Nyawira and another man who was at the scene have recorded statements with the police. Woman detained Ms Nyawira, who works with the African Banking Corporation, was detained by the detectives. Ms Nyawira’s husband, Mr Joseph Chege, told police she had called him to say that she was meeting a banker . Mr Chege, a transporter at Dagoretti Corner, told the Nation he was aware that his wife was to meet the banker to deliver some documents. “She however did not tell me that she was to be dropped off at home,” said Mr Chege “She was to deliver the documents last week but could not due to a tight schedule,” he said.
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