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The Kirinyaga county Senate hearings an eye-opener for other counties

By Daniel Juma Omondi

Thanks to the just-ended Senate Impeachment proceedings against Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, Kenyans got an opportunity to see how technical staffs who are negligent in their administrative work can lead to loss of public money and serious administrative rot in counties and other public or private institutions.

The Kirinyaga case is obvious just a tip of the iceberg. There are obviously other counties with worse administrative lapses and active corruption cases being investigated by the EACC or others already in court like Samburu, Busia, Nairobi and others.

The hearing revealed a lot of loophopes in governance on the procedural operations of the counties from hiring, procurement, financial management, transparency and adherence to public participation.

Hired staff either dont understand or have elected to ignore their roles on checks and balances especially on procurement and tenderings, which hasperennially opened doors for corruption. Further investigations will reveal a similar problem in the management of the NGCDF where procurement loopholes are exploited to benefit members of parliament who are still patrons of the NGCDF and their cronies.

Although the administrative lapses may not meet the impeachment threshold as I had predicted before, I must commend the Kirinyaga MCAS for being vigilant. It’s this vigilance which is missing from MCAS in other counties such as Siaya who think that the Governor is their employer and not the people.

However the MCAs have made a point with regards to lack of proper adherence to fiscal, tendering & procedures & the Senate and other oversight agencies such as the DCI, DPP and the EACC need to play their county oversight role more vigorously. MCAS must wake up to the reality that oversight in the counties is their primary responsibility. They must protect every single cent that belong to the people.

That said and done Governor Waiguru should hire more accountable financial and procurement professionals and ensure that her executive staff to exercise more transparency when it comes to fiscal matters.

One of the most important lessons I have learnt as a CEO of an organisation is to desist from micromananging fiscal matters and leave that to professionals. This gives you as the CEO the leeway to provide oversight and delegate culpability for any administrative lapses that may occur. CEOS of as the heads of their organisation should provide visionary leadership to steer their organisation to achieve corporate goals.

Governor Waiguru if she survives impeachment should also forge a better working professional relationship with the MCAs and support them in their representation and oversight role. However she should avoid the route taken by other Governors who bribe MCAS through expensive unnecessary benchmarking trips locally and abroad.

In the spirit of Seperation of Powers, Governors should perform their Executive functions diligently and let the MCAS perform their oversight roles without fear or favour.

Finally after this hearing the Senate should be more vigilant and exercise more oversight in how counties conduct their affairs. Lastly lawyer Ndegwa Njiru for Kirinyaga MCAS gives me hope that the quest for accountability is still alive in Kenya and that all is not lost after all.

My Ugenya Election Manifesto

The following were my by-election manifesto when I ran for Member of the National Assembly of Ugenya Constituency held on 5th April 2019.

1. To ensure that every women groups in Ugenya has at least one sewing machine.

2.To support youth groups, Boda Bodas and SACCOs in Ugenya to get credit facilities that will enable them invest in sustainable small businesses.
2. To set up a revolving Ugenya Bursary Fund with half of my salary going towards this every month. To ensure that I enlist donors world wide who can boost this fund.
3.  To use my vast international networks to arrange for scholarships & *Tom Mboya* style *AIRLIFTS* that will see more youths from Ugenya study and work abroad.
4. To facilitate every family in Ugenya to have access to Universal Healthcare by instituting a campaign for every family to enroll for NHIF.
5. To table bills in parliament to transform education, motivate teachers & improve the quality of learning in our schools. Sanitation & Equipment & improve learning facilities in our primary and secondary schools will be prioritised in Ugenya.
6. To improve the road networks within Ugenya & repair foot bridges across the streams (Gaula) in Ugenya. The Ukwala – Aboke – road connecting to the Busia bound tarmac will be prioritised.
7. To set up youth empowerment, information & innovation centres fitted with free internet where Ugenya youths bcan access information.
8. To buy & install solar street lights in the villages of Ugenya that doesn’t have access to electricity. I will also ensure that electricity transformers are made available closer to the people in the villages.
9. To repair all the KEFINCO water boreholes and get investors to make boreholes where needed. I will also fix the Yenga Sam water supply and also lobby the National Government to put other dams such as Mauna Dam to good use.
10. To lobby the Kenya Airports Authority for the fencing & uplifting of the Sega Airstrip to attract direct flights into Ugenya.
11. To negotiate with banks and petrol stations to set up branches in Sega and Ukwala centres. I will also attract local and foreign investors to set up factories, hotels and other businesses in Ugenya.
12. To table a BILL in parliament to decriminalize local brews and instead set up a local factory to buy the brews from the women, purify and package the same for sale and export like they do with waragi in Uganda.
13. To table motions in parliament to compensate the families of all those who were killed in post election violence & those who were politically assasinated.
14. To table a Bill to amend the law that will allow any political party that doesn’t conduct party primaries to field more than one candidate in any elections. The law will also remove the 3 month timelines imposed on independent candidate that have been locked out unfairly from their parties.
15. To UNITE the people of Ugenya. The kind of divisive political camps we have seen in Ugenya will be history.

16. To reach out to and cooperate with my political opponents and ensure that all of them are appointed to government jobs to enable them earn a decent living. I will make the people of Ugenya proud to be Ugenyans again.