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Trans Nzoia MCAs reject Sh33m bus park plan in row with executives

Trans Nzoia Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) have refused to approve a Sh33 million supplementary budget for the upgrade of Kitale bus terminus and instead commenced debate on an abuse of office Motion against two executive officers.

The MCAs said they felt slighted by the executives’ decision to involve them in approving funding for the plan as an “after thought” yet their legislative role was overlooked before traders were evicted from the old terminus last month.

The mover of the Motion, Bidii Ward MCA Mathews Nyarango, urged the assembly to discuss the conduct of Land and Housing executive Elizabeth Nyongesa and her Economic Planning counterpart Veronicah Muthoni.

“This House must ascertain whether the officers acted in contravention of the law or legal and constitutional sanctions should be instituted against them,” said Mr Nyarango.

He said the two owed the assembly an explanation over execution of the chaotic relocation of the bus terminus. Nominated MCA Milcah Nangekhe urged the assembly to assess the loss incurred by traders during the “inhumane” eviction.

“We should condition the executive to compensate traders who incurred huge losses during the unlawful demolition of the bus terminus,” she said.

Nominated MCA Dorcas Sikowo faulted the executive over choice of site for the temporary bus terminus, saying the move would cost Kitale town its aesthetic appeal.

“How do you establish a slum right at the entrance of the town in the name of a bus park? It seems the executive has a vision of making Kitale a shanty town,” said Ms Sikowo.

Sikhendu Ward MCA Andrew Kutitila said the county assembly did not wish to be associated with poorly planned projects in the region, adding that the blame lies squarely with the executive.

“We are tired of carrying the blame yet the mess is coming from the executive. We are ready even to impeach the governor if that is what it takes,” he said.

The bus terminus was demolished last month in an ambitious town expansion project aimed at decongesting Kitale whose colonial plan has been overtaken by the growing population.

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