NYANDARUA, Kenya, Apr 9 – Residents of Nyandarua County were up in arms on Wednesday over a proposed Sh30 million recreation centre by the county assembly to build a Sh30 million recreation facility for the Members of their County Assembly (MCAs).
The proposal also included Sh2 million for a restaurant to be located at the Nyandarua County Assembly chambers in Ol Kalou.
According to the assembly’s strategic plan, the recreation facility would help improve the social interaction and health of its members and enable the House have a vibrant membership.
The residents termed the move improper saying the money would be better spent on basic needs such as water, food and electricity which a number of Nyandarua’s residents go without.
The protests over the recreation facility ensued just as the dust settled over the Sh5 million the Nyandarua MCAs awarded themselves each as car and house loans.
The citizen’s group ‘Nyandarua Tuko Macho Forum’ has since threatened to move to court to oppose the move.
The chairman of the forum Macharia Mukua said that the actions of the MCAs went contrary to the expectations of the residents who were struggling to make ends meet.
“We will do everything possible to stop the assembly from misusing these funds which would be otherwise useful to the residents. This money is enough to put up murram roads for two wards and we will move to court to block the assembly from going on with the project,” he told the press in Nyahururu town.
The chairman expressed regret at the County Assemblies way of conducting business and demanded greater public participation.
“The law is very clear that there should have been public participation before any penny is spent and we wonder who they consulted before approving the spending of this kind of money,” he posed.
Fellow protester Faith Gitau condemned the move vowed to mobilize the public to take part in protests.
“I will personally lead the public protests as we cannot allow the money to be used to benefit just a few people. This is contrary to what we expected,” she said.