Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe has called for dialogue to resolve the standoff between Nyeri governor Nderitu Gachagua and members of the County Assembly.
Speaking at Endarasha Catholic Church, Kagwe said the impasse is costing the county much in terms of development and called for urgent resolution.
The two parties are tussling over expenditure with the governor accusing MCAs of misusing county funds on “non-essentials” while the Ward Representatives feel Gachagua is micro-managing their activities, especially monetary allocations.
However, the governor got a rare backing from the senator who said he would only support expenditures that are on public development.
“I hear MCAs want to build a health club and government also wants to buy big vehicles, we cannot afford luxuries like those”, he said.
He said that there were other immediate needs for the county such as constructing roads and stocking the hospitals with medicines.
“As a senator I am responsible for the oversight of how resources are used. I bring money to the county. However, how it is used is between the governor and MCAs,” he said.
Last week Gachagua while on a tour of Nyeri town said that the executive will not allow public funds to be directed into people’s pockets.
He accused MCAs of underhand dealings that include providing a list of theirs and those of their friends’ children to be added into the Elimu Fund which is designed to help the poor and needy.
He also said some of the Ward Reps had identified contractors they wanted given construction jobs by the county through a flawed tendering process.
“As voters, you should have elected more educated people at the County Assembly, may be those with a degree,” he said.