Mombasa MCA’s scoff at threats to dissolve county assembly

The Mombasa county assembly building. The Assembly has suspended sittings for two weeks after 3 MCAs tested positive for COVID-19./COURTESY

Mombasa MCAs have scoffed at threats to dissolve the county assembly over wrangles pitting the executive and legislature.

Speaking on Tuesday during Mega breakfast show on Baraka FM, Kipevu ward MCA Faith Boniface said they will not be intimidated to rubber stamp non-productivity in the county.

According to Boniface, MCAs have been fighting to ensure CEC perform their duties to the core.

The MCA, however, did not take lightly threats by Mombasa Mgandi Kalinga who was also in the studio to mobilize citizens to block MCAs form accessing the county assembly.

 “ I am small in stature but nobody can stop me from entering the county assembly..not even you Kalinga”, she told Kalinga.

She says they are being intimated yet they are playing their oversight role of putting CECs to task.

“Let them continue collecting signatures to dissolve the assembly. As for us, we are not intimidated by empty threats”, retorted Boniface.

On his part, Kalinga has continued to collect signatures to petition president Kenyatta to dissolve Mombasa County government over the wrangles.

“You MCAs will not access the county assembly. You can even go to the police but you will not access the assembly”, Kalinga stated.

Mgandi Kalinda is leading a lobby group dubbed ‘Operation Fagia Bunge’ that is seeking to collect signatures to dissolve the county assembly.

The CEC being targetted is the transport CEC Taufiq Balala who is said to be at loggerheads with the legislature over his failure to approve the issuance of 200 free parking stickers.

On Monday, Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho who appeared before the Senate committee to shed light on the wrangles defended Mr. Balala saying he was ready to sack any incompetent CEC.

“There is no way an executive would want to impeach an executive, because he declined to grant waiver for 200 vehicles, not to pay for parking. That is not a ground for impeachment,” Joho said.