Bitter wrangles rock West Pokot assembly

Bitter wrangles rock West Pokot assembly

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West Pokot county assembly is bracing for hard economic times as members of the county assembly and staff have missed salaries for three months now. This comes after the county assembly speaker clerk David Karungutiang was suspended for
90 days yet he is the automation of authority to incur expenses holder and a signatory to the assembly bank accounts. However, a section of members of the county assembly who blamed the county assembly speaker Catherine Mukenyang over the woes affecting them threatened to impeach her if she does not resign due to what the MCAs alleged was bad governance
and corruption within the assembly. At a press conference in Kapenguria, Suam MCA Robert Komole led more than 20 MCAs who said that their lives have been affected as there is no morale hence services are affected. They gave out a one-week
ultimatum to the speaker to make sure they get pay or she resigns with immediate effect. The leaders who strongly condemned the reshuffles in the county assembly accused the speaker of engaging in early politics. They faulted the speaker over suspensions of county assembly employees a move that has led to the county assembly staff and members of the county assembly to miss their salaries. Mukenyang defended herself citing the delayed salaries is a result of the assembly clerk who is facing disciplinary action and who failed to hand over thus forcing salaries to delay which the speaker said has now been sorted and staff will receive salaries soon. According to Mukenyang, there was nothing wrong with her in the management and running of the West Pokot county assembly and that the alleged differences with the area governor is political and she is not part of it only that the Kanu party leadership in the county failed to bring changes of the majority leader and whip that sparked the wrangles and that she has no personal difference with the county boss. The speaker who vowed not to resign accused the MCAs of being used for political reasons by the area governor. Mukenyang and Kanu nominated MCA Elijah Kasheusheu has claimed that their lives are in danger after alleged threats from area Governor John Lonyangapuo The county assembly has been having leadership wrangles since May this year after a section of Kanu MCAs wanted to change the leadership position of the majority leader Thomas Ng’olesya and chief whip Maddy Polokou from their positions. However, efforts to change the positions were thwarted by Kanu officials after they dismissed the changes on grounds that the Kanu
members failed to consult the headquarters. The High Court ruled the reinstatement of Ng’olesya and Polokou. The frequent wrangles between the West Pokot Lonyangapuo and the Kanu party saw the county assembly of West Pokot being a victim of the supremacy battle that saw the sacking of four female Kanu nominated MCAs allied to the governor which has seen mega demonstration on the sackings