Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has told Members of the County Assembly to follow the law to avoid falling into the judgement trap.
In a live interview on KTN News from Busia on Friday, the Governor said the delay to pay County and Ward Bursaries was because the rules and regulations had not been put in place as required by the Controller of Budgets.
“Effecting such payments without following the law is unconstitutional. The rules and regulations have since been passed by the Assembly to pave way for the release of the bursaries soon,” he said.
H.E Ojaamong said MCAs in the first assembly started many projects with majority of them left incomplete. “Many of the current MCAs have false notion that the completion of stalled and incomplete projects will make pioneer MCAs more popular.”
The MCAs had also claimed that the County Government had debts totalling Sh3b, but the Governor dismissed the figure saying his government has a debt of Sh1.3b.
Asked on the threats of impeachment from the MCAs, the Governor said there is no reason to worry. “Impeachment is a process which has to go through the Senate and sometimes the courts of law. If anything it is the MCAs who will suffer and might have nothing to tell the citizens.”
The Governor said it is regrettable the MCAs refused to attend the retreat between the County Assembly and the Executive at the Tom Mboya Labour College that would have ironed out many teething issues.
The agreed agenda included Universal Health Care, Revenue collection, County Integrated Development Fund and the Supplementary Budget.
He said despite submitting their four-point memorandum the MCAs still boycotted the retreat. “We have no option but to submit the supplementary budget to the assembly where the MCAs can only amend 10 per cent of the budget unlike during the retreat where they would have amended even 100%,” he said.