Western Region MCAs freshly demands Sh 500,000, the Car grants given before BBI voting

 

Western Region MCAs photo
Western region leaders. FILE

Members of County Assembly (MCAs) from the Western Region now demand Ksh 500,000 each instead of an earlier quote of Sh 300,000 to pass the Building Bridges Initiative Bill (BBI).


The MCAs have further directed the state that the Ksh2 million car grant awarded by the president to be delivered by Monday next week.


The MCAs from Kakamega, Bungoma, Vihiga and Busia counties threatened that if their needs are not met, they will unanimously shoot down BBI when it gets to the region.

Vihiga MCA Tom Adingo said that the ward representatives are flat broke, and must be earlier remunerated to popularize the document in the region.


“We don’t have money to conduct public participation, and you cannot just go to the people empty-handed,” said Adingo.


The MCAs stated that the Ksh300,000 pledged by President Kenyatta for facilitation was not enough, and asked the Governors and the state to top up the amount to Ksh500,000, at least.


The 270 MCAs also highlighted the revision of the Election Act Section 22 and asked that the Bill be discontinued altogether.


Election Act Section 22 orders that minimum academic qualifications for MPs and MCAs to have a minimum bachelor’s degree before they are freed to battle.


The event was also attended by Western leaders led by; Amani National Congress (ANC) party Musalia Mudavadi, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, governors Wilbur Ottichilo (Vihiga), Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and COTU boss Francis Atwoli.

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