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Idle Nairobi MCAs spend Sh1 billion, pass two bills in 14 months

The Nairobi County Assembly has passed only two Bills in the past 14 months, raising concerns about the value taxpayers are getting for the Sh1 billion the county government spent on its members during the same period.

The county legislature, which has been paralysed by constant squabbling between the ward representatives and the executive, now stands out as one of the least performing, putting at risk the city government’s ability to collect revenue and execute its budget plans.

The poor legislative record has seen the assembly fail to pass key Bills, including one intended to regulate use of plastic bags, garbage collection and improve land rates collection.

Assembly speaker Alex ole Magelo said that members of the county assembly (MCAs) had become disillusioned by failure to implement key Bills and to act on motions they have passed, including one providing for the establishment of a Ward Development Fund (WDF).

“The most sickening thing is that Bills and motions approved by the assembly (are not implemented) and my members are not happy with the executive at all,” Mr Magelo said.

SOURCE: Business Daily