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MCA allege over sh1.1 billion for roads infrastructure squandered

Seventeen Members of Kericho County Assembly have  alleged  that Sh.1.1 billion meant to construct and improve roads  infrastructure in the County has been squandered.

The  MCAs  who  on Friday  took  to the streets in Kericho Town in a demo organised by the Kapsoit Ward MCA, Paul Chirchir  Tarimbo said that for two financial years, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019, no single road in all 30 wards in Kericho has been  constructed or improved.

Chirchir  said  that they have also established that the funds meant to improve the roads for the two financial years in the  County cannot be accounted for.

The  Kapsoit  MCA  said that the immediate former roads CEC, Charles Birech  who has since been elevated as the CEC in charge of Finance in the County by the area Governor, Prof. Paul Chepkwony in a recent mini reshuffle should either be  sacked or resign and be made to explain what the funds for the two financial years infrastructure were used for.

The  MCAs’  plans to impeach the Finance minister, Charles Birech on Tuesday failed as the speaker Mr. Dominic Rono  declared there was no quorum in the County Assembly to impeach Birech, there only 16 members in the Assembly out of 47.

The  MCAs  who  signed the memo to impeach the finance CEC included the Kapsoit Ward MCA, Paul Chirchir Tarimbo, Sammy Rono Kimajani (Tendeno), Albert Kipkoech (Soliat), Hezron Kipngeno (Chilchila), Gilbert Ngetich Kimarus ( Kisira Ward), Humphrey Torchit Kirui ( Kapsuser).

Efforts  to  reach Birech to respond to the raised against him were not successful as he failed to pick our calls.

Meanwhile, another group from Kapsoit staged a parallel demonstration in Kericho Town to support embattled Finance CEC, Charles Birech.

Reuben  Ng’etich  Chairman of Kaposit FC  castigated  their  MCA Paul Tarimbo for purportedly politicking at the expense of implementing key projects in their ward.

By  Dominic  Cheres

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