, NAIROBI Kenya, Oct 8 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has said the leadership wrangles in neighbouring Makueni County are a result of political forces that want a downfall of elected leaders there.
Mutua who held a meeting with his Kitui counterpart Julius Malombe says unless remedial action is taken, the crisis which continues to hamper development will persist.
“What we are seeing happening is contrary to the expectation of the people of Makueni and the entire Lower Eastern Counties,” he stated.
“Our people would wish that County Governments deliver badly needed services of water, food, health, roads and employment of our youth, among many others. These services will not be provided efficiently when the County leadership and the County Governments are destabilised.”
Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana who had been invited to the talks did not attend as he was said to be meeting lawyers to discuss the matter affecting his county.
Mutua further cautioned residents of Makueni and the larger Ukambani region to be vigilant of some people who he said were up to maintaining the status quo.
He however declined to mention the said people saying, “You know them.”
He said the wrangles being witnessed in the region were being executed by well calculated political machinations by people, “who were not directly answerable to the people.”
“You know them…those people who go to weddings and burials to insult other leaders. They say something today and say another tomorrow.”
“Our people should hold each leader to account for the responsibility they were voted by wananchi to fulfil.”
He said members of the public, ” should also interrogate whether elected leaders, may they be Governors, Senators, Members of Parliament or Members of County Assembly, are contributing to development or their actions and utterances are designed to undermine development and slow down the improvement of the livelihoods of wananchi.”
On his part, Malombe warned that Makueni people may fail to get the required services when the leadership and the County Governments are destabilised.
“We wish to state that we are aware that some of the prevailing challenges that are destabilising our counties are the work of people who are not responsible and accountable to the people in the delivery of County services,” he pointed out.
“Such people have nothing to lose when County Governments are unstable and not able to provide services to wananchi.”
The Senate committee on Devolution that is led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen is also spearheading initiatives to resolve the problem.
Kibwana supports the dissolution of the Makueni County Assembly after falling out with MCAs.