, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has challenged a petition lodged against him by Kola Member of County Assembly Festus Ndeto to the Senate accusing him of sidelining his ward in development.
Mutua instead accused the petitioner of malice and political witch-hunt insisting that development initiatives in the county have been cross-cutting and the petitioner was working with a rival Senator to malign his name.
“It is an act of malice, ill will and misinformation for the MCA to allege skewed development and misappropriation of funds. These are allegations that are politically motivated to get some political mileage, sponsored by one of your colleagues who is a good friend to the MCA,” said Mutua.
He also faulted the MCA for rushing to the Senate before approaching the assembly to attempt to resolve the pertinent issues saying he had not been summoned by the assembly to respond to the concerns of Ndeto.
“I read mischief into this because the Member of the County Assembly understands clearly what happened. He was there for the passing of the supplementary budget; he was there for the public baraza’s to inform the residents of what was happening and if he had taken this to the county assembly for the committee to summon us, we would have to had to explain this before it escalated,” Mutua said in his defence.
Ndeto’s accusation that Mutua had failed to enhance the provision of water services for the residents turned against him when the Governor disclosed that the county had been forced to report the MCA to the police for the disappearance of 10 water tanks he had been given to distribute to schools in his ward.
He also accused him of coercing and intimidating school heads into signing a document showing that they had received the tanks yet they had not.
“To this day the 10 water tanks have never been traced or recovered and it can be safely concluded that there was theft of public property,” charged Governor Mutua.
He further tore into the petition by discrediting his argument that roads in the ward were in poor state and nothing had been done by tabling documentation showing the developments.
He said a total of 25km of roads in the ward had been graded further revealing that the MCA was in fact the individual who submitted to the Executive the list of priority roads to be rehabilitated.
On the accusation that he had failed to construct sub-county offices, Mutua stated that no offices had been constructed since the county had budgetary limits.
He also stated that the county government had allocated two ambulances to the ward for emergency and rescue services.
On the claim that a plan to construct Muumandu Market had stalled, the governor indicated that he had been forced to terminate the tender awarded to Kamwete Contractors at a cost of Sh5 million due to no-execution and initiated a process of procuring new contractors to execute the project.