After a long to-and-fro struggle that saw the newly elected governor of Meru, Kawira Mwangaza, even dragged to senate to defend herself against an impeachment vote by her county’s assembly members, reports say she has finally released the Ward Development Fund to MCAs. However, even more disturbing are reports claimed to be coming from Meru University female students.
Former Nairobi County Assembly nominated member Karen Wanjiku claimed that soon after the governor released the “Ward Development Fund”, some Meru University girls are now preparing to be flown to Dubai. Her tweet read,
Karen Wanjiku HSC
Finally Meru Governor ameachilia “Ward Development Fund”. Some Meru University ghels around about to be flown to Dubai
Just this past November, the Controller of Budget invited the then embattled Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza for a consultative meeting over the introduction of the Ward Development Fund.
This followed a move by the Governor to seek an advisory opinion from the Controller of Budget on steps to be taken in the formation of the ward fund.
The Meru Governor and Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) had been embroiled in a tussle as the ward representatives demanded for the fund to implement development projects.
Since her election, Mwangaza has been in the limelight as MCAs threatened to impeach her over abuse of office.
“In light of the raging controversy and divergent views reflected in the two letters, we invite you for a consultative meeting on Friday, 4th November 2022 at our offices…to discuss pertinent issues and find consensus on the implementation of the Ward funds in accordance with the provisions of the law,” the letter stated.
Controller of budget Margaret Nyakango had cautioned against the creation of the fund against the tenets of the law and the constitution.
Despite demands by MCAs, she advised Meru County and all county officials to adhere to the advisory given by her office dated January 19th 2018.
“It’s evident from both letters that the crux of the matter is the implementation of the ward development fund” the letter by the COB reads in part.
In the advisory, COB wanted the ward fund to be initiated through a proposal by the County Executive Committee Member responsible for the county government entity under which the functions of the Fund fall.
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