~ Courtesy Daily Nation
Members of county assembly from 19 counties have not passed any bill or legislation since they were elected in 2017 even after pocketing billions of shillings in salaries and allowances.
Sources from counties show the ward representatives have spent a fortune on benchmarking trips to learn how to prepare bills and legislate.
The list of assemblies who have not sponsored any bill in the past two years includes Bungoma, Embu, Homa Bay, Isiolo, Kajiado, Kericho, Kiambu, Kisumu, Mandera, Meru, Migori, Mombasa, Nakuru, Nyamira, Nyandarua, Siaya, Tharaka-Nithi, Turkana and Wajir.
A spot check of those counties as seen by The County shows that no single MCA has sponsored any bill even after spending millions in benchmarking.
Last year MCA from Bungoma went for benchmarking exercise in Kakamega county to gain knowledge on how to make laws and build capacity on their oversight roles. More than a year later, none has tabled any bill in the assembly.
The same members from Bungoma assembly pocketed Sh15 million on a benchmarking trip to Uganda to learn on the development of industrial parks, Seven months no one as presented a bill to support the establishment of a single industrial park in the county.
Embu assembly members in May, they closed their doors for a trip to Tanzania where they pocketed Sh14 million
Meru county members traveled to Rwanda in December last year to copy notes on dairy farming.
On arrival in Rwanda, they were shocked to find out that Rwanda had copied its dairy farming model from farmers in Kenya. The MCAs returned home and have not tabled any bill to facilitate modern dairy farming.
Their neighbors, Isiolo county members traveled to Dubai on a trip meant to strengthen the operations of the assembly, while their counterparts from Mombasa traveled to Egypt on a benchmarking mission. None of them has tabled what they learned from these trips.
Sources say the members have passed the mandatory bills on finance, appropriations and supplementary budgets which helps the counties to learn on a daily basis.
Though they have failed to make any other legislation, which has made it difficult for counties to fully absorb their budgets since some programs require legislation before being financed.
This has resulted in counties carrying forward billions of shillings to the following financial year which could have been used to buy drugs for hospitals, pay for road maintenance or create jobs for youth.