Overdue wages and pensions have prompted Makueni Ward Representatives to threaten the impeachment of the Finance Executive.
However, Kibwana claims that the MCAs dug their own grave by refusing to pay large allowances for unverifiable trips as demanded by the assembly members.
Since January, the employees have not been paying their salaries. They also say that salaries totaling Sh70 million were not paid in March and April.
There are 48 MCAs in the assembly, with the remainder being staff from various agencies.
MCAs aligned with Wiper chief Kalonzo Musyoka says Prof Kibwana is seeking vengeance for his defeat in the Kitise/Kithuki ward by-election in March. During the election, the governor backed a nominee who was defeated by a Wiper candidate.
“The governor expected us to vote for his party candidate, but the majority of the people refused to do so. Things changed after I lost my seat. The governor is fomenting pointless wars. Assembly workers are struggling, which is why the Executive Committee Member for Finance will be impeached,” said an MCA.
But the administration blamed the late disbursement of funds from the National Treasury.
“The Executive in Charge clarified that the county's most recent disbursement was on March 25, 2021, for the month of January,” Kibwana said.
Kibwana mocked the assembly for adopting a Memorandum of Understanding with a local bank for salary advance payments without sufficient discussion. The cash was expected to be paid back in thirty days.
Kibwana stated that no allowances would be paid for personal or political party meetings. “Some MCAs fly to Arusha, Tanzania, for political party business and claim payment. Some people are asking for Sh500,000 in a month. We won't pay those allowances because we don't want audit questions,” Kibwana said.
“The county got Sh752 million in January, Sh335 million in February, and Sh629 million in March, so there is no excuse for the funds not to be released,” Majority Whip Joseph Muema added.
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