Members of the county assembly from the 5 western counties have demanded to be allocated car grants and 300 thousands shillings each to pass the BBI report that is to be tabled in their respective county assemblies soon. The MCA’s want car grants running to approximately 2 million shillings each and additional money to reach members of their wards in an effort to convince them to vote in the BBI report.
This was aired during a meeting held in Kakamega town that brought together the MCA’s and senior politicians from the region in an effort to rally the MCA’s to pass the report that will soon be tabled in their county assemblies. The MCA’s insisted that without the grant and the money for sensitizing their voters then the leaders from the region should be ready for a shocker when the document is presented in their assemblies.
However leaders led by ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula, governors Wycliffe Oparanya, Wycliffe Wangamati, Wilbur Otichillo, Sospeter Ojamoong, CS Eugene Wamalwa and COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli all convinced the MCA’s that the report was in their favor and the people of western region thus they should vote it in.
” For the first time, the BBI report has given privilege to farmers and as western region we are going to benefit from addition of constituencies.” Said governor Oparanya.
On his part, ANC Party Leader Hon Musalia Mudavadi and COTU Secretary Francis Atwoli urged MCAs and leaders from Western to fully support BBI.
“I fully support BBI process. It is a good initiative that will transform our country,” said Mudavadi.
“It is time to amend our constitution to end post election violence and winner takes it all system.” Said Atwoli
Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati said BBI will strengthen devolution through allocation of more resources.
His sentiments were echoed by his Vihiga counterpart Dr Wilbur Ottichilo who urged the MCAs to pass the Bill. Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula said he supports the decision to have MCAs get car grants.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa noted that SRC has approved car grants for the MCAs. “The Election Act should be amended to remove the requirement for degree to be elected as MCA,” said Wamalwa.
The meeting was attended by MCAs from Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Busia and Trans Nzoia.