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Chaos in Assembly as Lawmakers Interrupt House Proceedings 

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Chaos erupted at the Migori County Assembly as members (MCAs) protested intimidation by the House leadership to conduct house businesses amidst unresolved grievances.

The MCAs complained that their welfare is not catered for as expected adding a lament over tough economic challenges they face yet they have unpaid allowances. Irate MCAs stormed the county assembly compound disrupting proceedings which were ignored by the majority.

The Assembly members decried delays in availing of bursary forms to the ward offices, despite having promised and encouraged the electorate to pick forms from the ward offices to benefit.

They noted that the delay has exposed them to the wrath of unforgiving voters who now term them as liars and conmen.

Mr Olima Obonyo, the member from North Kadem stated that as the schools are poised for opening on 23 January 2023, their areas have a huge number of people living below the poverty line such that it is only through bursaries that they are able to raise school fees.

“As you are aware, we come from areas where the majority of people are poor, parents are not able to pay school fees when schools open on 23 January. As a county, we are very late on this issue as most counties are through with the vetting process, said Olima.

Olima added that as Migori MCAs, they are suffering due to lack of funds, forcing them to board motorbikes to attend the assembly special meetings. Among the key issues raised included delayed salaries, unpaid allowances, unresolved bursary disbursement, ward operation funds and car mortgage.

He, however, they requested the governor to engage MCAs so that they do not witness a repeat of the occurrences that took centre stage in the previous assembly.

Central Kanyamkago MCA Ms Eunice Odii lamented that the House leadership is intimidating other members making them feel victimized and coerced when they question some of the house directives.

At the centre stage was the Assembly Deputy Speaker Mr Mathews Chacha and the House Majority Leader Mr Tom Ngoro who were seen conducting assembly proceedings despite an outcry, jeers and table banging from displeased members.

“We are victimized as members of Migori County Assembly by some people who believe that they own the governor. Such a member should not be allowed anywhere near the governor and we feel so bad,” said Odii.

While speaking to the press to counter the accusations of intimidation, the Assembly Majority Leader Mr Tom Ngoro downplayed the charges by fellow colleagues insisting that proper channels should be followed as stipulated by the laws of the house.

            Ngoro noted that it is indeed a fact that ward bursaries should be disbursed and also issues to do with members’ welfare should be addressed, however, he added some members are inciting others to cause chaos for their political gain.

            “There are some challenges that can only be resolved through dialogue. However, it is unfortunate that there are those who want to incite other members for their selfish interest that I believe is part of politics. I think everything will be sorted amicably so that we can proceed transacting business as an assembly as before,” said the majority leader.