The Star (Nairobi)

13 July 2013

Kenya: Mwaro Grilled Over Bursaries

KWALE county secretary Martin Mwaro yesterday appeared before Kwale county assembly committee where he was grilled by members over bursary delays. Mwaro said he has never caused the delay of disbursement of checks too beneficiaries in the region as claimed.

He maintained that he signed the bursary forms last week Thursday before members of the county assembly traveled back from Tanzania from their training trip.

Mwaro said his duty was only to sign the forms which he did but admitted that some of the bursary forms had errors and he had to return them back for necessary amendments.

The county secretary assured members that although he did not have time to check where the delays were occasioned he was going to investigate ad come back to the house with a report on the same.

"I will find out at the treasury specifically where the delay was occasioned because my office did not cause it and am not to blame but I promise to report back here who caused the delay," he told the house.

He said that he was committed at ensuring that checks reach to beneficiaries on time asking members of the county assembly to give him time.

Members of the county assembly asked the officer to solve power struggle problem among the executives and ensure there is respect between the legislature and the executive to avoid hindering service to locals.

Mwaro was also asked to respond to claims that the executive was planning to suspend County pay roll officer Felister Mwongeli for joining them to Tanzania.

He said if at all the officer will be disciplined it has no connection with the assembly members trip to Tanzania. "To the best of my knowledge the officer in question has not been summoned by any office since she arrived back from Tanzania trip," he noted.

"If the pay roll manager is suspended or fired we assure them that as members of county assembly we will see how to work with executive because if its powers we have them," said Tiwi ward representative Omar Mwakwambirizwa.

Executive officer for education ministry Joshua Mangale who was summoned did not appear before the house but speaker Sammy Ruwa said they have officially communicated with him to appear next week to respond to raised issues.

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