, MACHAKOS, Kenya, Nov 30 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has accused the county assembly of blackmailing him to pass a bloated budget.
Mutua said he cannot approve a budget that will lead to the plunder of public funds.
He said the MCAs wanted the money to cater for foreign trips and other recreational activities.
“This is against the will of those who elected them,” said Mutua.
He accused the leaders of being selfish and greedy.
“The assembly has proposed a huge budget to cater for trips and recreation purposes against the wishes of those who elected them,” said Mutua.
He said some members were agitating for special allowances to go on holiday and lead good life at the expense of the tax payers.
Mutua said the leaders were undermining his government thus hindering service delivery.
“They are going to big offices in Nairobi maligning my name due to the fact that I am against the misuse of public funds, “Mutua said.
Addressing the press outside his office, the governor added that he will not be cowed by the members blackmail and ridiculous demands.
He added his first term was very difficult as a result of malicious allegations made against him by a section of former MCAs who threw barbs at him at every juncture.
Mutua said it was time the county assembly leadership investigates and reign in on its rogue members who want astronomical increase of their allowances to live a jet set lifestyle.
He added that the priority of the county government was to uplift the living standards of the people including increasing funds for healthcare and infrastructure development.
“Leadership is about service to the people and not accumulation of wealth and other selfish interests,” said Mutua.