KAKAMEGA Senator Bonny Khalwale has asked Governor Wycliffe Oparanya to construct public toilets before trying any resident in the county courts he launched a month ago.
Khalwale yesterday said the governor made a mistake to commission the courts before putting up the structures and enacting laws for their enforcement.
"You cannot arrest and charge people for peeing within the municipality or smoking in public places before building public toilets and creating smoking zones for them," Khalwale said in an interview. Kakamega town only has two public toilets that are managed by a private developer.
Khalwale said the by-laws the county government courts intend to enforce are obsolete as they were enacted under the local Government Act which has since been repealed. He said Kakamega assembly has not passed any law to be enforced by the courts.
Khalwale said the courts are meant to harass Ikolomani, Shinyalu, Lurambi and Navakholo residents because they did not support him in the March 4 election. He accused Oparanya of sidelining other leaders in running the county.
Khalwale said the county is collecting the revenue illegally because the county assembly is yet to enact the Finance Bill which will set the amount chargeable for every service.
"Anybody can move to court and block revenue collection by the county. This is because Oparanya has refused to work with the county assembly to ensure legislation of relevant laws for running the county administration," he said. Khalwale also accused Oparanya of nepotism in hiring of county workers. He said those earmarked for employment are relatives or cronies of the governor and his executive committee members.
Khalwale said the county administration had irregularly hired senior county officials as the positions were not advertised as required. He singled out a procurement officer who has been hired before being interviewed. The deadline for application for top positions including procurement was last Friday.