MCAs from Mount Kenya on Wednesday expressed their discontent with MPs and governors from the region for failing to push for development projects.
The MCAs blamed governors and MPs for the region ‘lagging’ behind in development.
They said that the MPs did not understand their role in Parliament and have failed to provide good leadership for the region.
“The MPs don’t respect us and have failed to utilise the CDF and involve us in the planning of development projects in our areas. They are the problem,” Nyeri county Chinga MCA Kiruga Thuku said.
The MCAs were addressing the media at a Nairobi hotel following protests by a number of Mt Kenya MPs who have demanded President Uhuru Kenyatta to initiate more development projects in the region.
“We laud our government’s plans to bring more development for our people at the grassroots level. However, those launched or started must be completed so that they can serve Kenyans better,” Witethie (Kiambu) MCA Macharia Taki said.
They said Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto can do better by initiating projects to transform the region as well as improve the welfare of the locals.
The MCAs also want the 12 mega projects launched by Uhuru and Ruto executed.
They also want the projects that Jubilee claim to have initiated at grassroots audited.
“It’s also extremely important that we are planning to have a conference of Mt Kenya MCAs to audit the projects we have been seeing circulated in the social media and government portal,” Thuku said.
The leaders warned the Building Bridges taskforce officials to only focus on serving Kenyans. They said that they will block any attempt to use the team push for selfish gains.
“Fortunately the referendum debate will first happen in our county assemblies and we will not allow selfish ambitions to see the light of the day if the referendum debate will be packaged in deceit,” Thuku said.
“This initiative must not be reduced into a referendum secretariat by any of the sides involved.”
The MCAs assured of Uhuru and Ruto support.
“We are telling Ruto to relax. It doesn’t matter what Ruto’s critics say but we will support him,” Abogeta West Meru county MCA Dennis Kiogora said.