NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – The wrangle pitting Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and Members of the County Assembly has found its way to the Senate, with a committee set to deliberate the matter on Monday.
Joho’s troubles with the ward representatives which began when the former threatened to instigate the removal of some of them after they continually questioned his leadership style, has now caught the attention of the Devolution and Inter-Governmental Committee.
The second-term governor’s audience with the Senator John Kinyua (Laikipia)-led committee is expected to aid in unearthing the cause of friction between the county leadership and the MCAs and offer the best remedy.
But even as the mediation continues, Joho has remained adamant that he will push for the removal of some of the MCAs whom he has described as ‘rebellious’ and enemies of progress.
On the other hand, Joho is accused by the MCAs of dwelling too much on side-shows and failing to deliver on the promises he made to Mombasa residents, claims he has however dismissed and termed them as a pure witch-hunt.
The committee has also invited the Mombasa County Speaker Aharub Khatri to give more details into the squabbles that has threatened to disrupt services in the coastal city.
According to the Kenyan Constitution Article 104 that stipulates the mechanism for recalling the lawmakers, “it’s only the electorate who have the right to recall the member of Parliament representing their constituency before the end of the term of the relevant House of Parliament”.
It further goes on to state that “Parliament shall enact legislation to provide for the grounds on which a member may be recalled and the procedure to be followed”.
In a bid to make good his threat, Joho said he will seek the support of the residents by collecting signatures to impeach the MCA’s.
Governors across all the 47 counties have had a sour relationship with their MCA’s over a myriad of issues notably among them questions surrounding the management of financial resources allocated to their respective counties.