Activists disrupt another public forum to discuss Mombasa 2016/2017 budget

Activists disrupt another public forum to discuss Mombasa 2016/2017 budget

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A section of Mombasa residents sitting singing and holding placards, saying it’s illegal to call a sitting with an overnight notice.PHOTO: OSCAR NYAOHA.

Mombasa, KENYA: A second sitting called to collect public opinion on the Mombasa county 2016/17 budget was forced to stop, after a group of community based organization stormed the Tononoka Social hall where the event was taking place.

The community groups which also comprised of human rights activists, invaded the sitting on Wednesday singing and holding placards, claiming that it’s illegal to call a sitting with an overnight notice.

Led by John Paul Obonyo, Program Officer from Haki Yetu Organization, Obonyo said the Mombasa county public finance committee should follow the law when conducting its businesses.

“The law says a 7 day notice before a forum is called and we are given an overnight notice, so we want to tell the MCAs that they must respect the law,” said John Paul.

The acting finance committee chairman Khamisi Mwidani’s efforts to calm down the group did not bear any fruits, leading him to call off the sittings.

“We will sit down, discus and see if we can ask the controller of budget to give us more time, if he says we must pass it by 30th June as it is required, we have no other option but to pass it the way it is,” said Mwidani.

On Tuesday, the Speaker Thadius Rajuay ruled that the Committee on Finance, Budget and Appropriation should convene a fresh public participation forum within 24 hours.

READ ALSO: Mombasa county assembly speaker orders committee to conduct fresh public forum on budget

This is after the community organizations presented two petitions on the Mombasa County Budget estimates.

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