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Jilted Nyeri MCAs now write ‘make-up’ letter to Uhuru on budget crisis

Nyeri County Assembly Speaker David Mugo has written a letter to President Kenyatta to clarify on the status of the supplementary budget pending in the assembly.

In his letter, the speaker denies that MCAs have refused to pass the budget and accuses the new county boss Samuel Wamathai of portraying the county assembly members as uncaring, unpatriotic and selfish.

On Monday, the President directed MCAs to pass the spending plan in order to complete projects started by late Governor Nderitu Gachagua.

“I am pleading with Nyeri MCAs … do not disturb the new governor. Pass his budget, let him do his work so that the projects started by Gachagua can continue,” said the Head of State.

BUDGET CRISIS

Speaking in his office on Tuesday, the speaker said this remarks sent a message that there was a budget crisis in Nyeri which he said was untrue.

“There is no delay on the part of the assembly neither is there a standoff. The outburst by the governor was uncalled for,” he said in the letter.

According to the speaker the spending plan was presented to the assembly on February 22 and referred to the Budget and Appropriation committee.

“It was taken to the Budget committee who are expected to consider it and write a report,” said the Speaker.

PASS BUDGET

But the leter did not state if the MCAs will pass the budget as asked by the President.

During the funeral, Governor Wamathai cautioned the ward representatives that shooting down the budget would provoke a backlash from the electorate.

Nyeri residents on social media have lashed out at the assembly for the stand-off and asked leaders in the region to unite.