The Star (Nairobi)

7 January 2014

Kenya: Chege, Gitura Criticise Murang'a County Co-Op

A section of leaders from Murang'a have opposed the county government's Shillingi kwa Shillingi initiative. Women's representative Wanjiru Chege, Senator Kembi Gitura and Gitugi ward representative Dan Mwangi yesterday said they doubt the legality of the project.

They said no leader from Murang'a was consulted before the initiative was launched. The leaders urged residents not to join the cooperative initiative until clear guidelines and laws are made to safeguard their money. "Murang'a leaders are not part of the initiative as none of us was consulted by the county government," Chege said.

She said Governor Mwangi Wairia should tell them who the leaders of the cooperative union are. Chege demanded more information on the operations of the newly formed Murang'a Investment Cooperative. "We require more information to effectively guide the residents of Murang'a to make their judgment on whether to join or shun the cooperative," she said.

Shilingi kwa Shilingi is seeking to recruit 100,000 members to raise Sh3 billion for construction of residential houses among other ventures. Gitura urged the Murang'a county government to embrace consultation. "We are not fighting anyone but we are calling for consultations when it comes to matters of public resources," he said.

Gitura said before the implementation of the initiative elected leaders should give priority to projects identified by the community. Mwangi said the county assembly is not part of the initiative.

"The county assembly is investigating the matter and we have asked the governor to explain why they have used taxpayers money to publicise the intiative, which has not been passed by the MCAs." he said. However, Wairia has said the initiative is guided by the law on cooperatives. He told the Star on the phone that the initiative is not a scheme to fleece residents.

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