Rights defenders in Mombasa want the Director of criminal investigations-DCI and the Director of Public Prosecutions-DPP to investigate on the Mombasa County Assembly member trip to Egypt.
The 9 MCA’s travelled to Egypt in a benchmarking mission of the African Cup of Nation competition- AFCON.
The activists drawn from Haki Africa, Human Rights Agenda-HURIA, Manyatta youth organisation and Pwani Social Justice Centre said the trip is a waste of public resources and the MCA must be held accountable.
Money fully refunded
Haki Africa Executive director Hussein Khalid wants the money embezzled in the trip he termed ‘useless’ be refunded immediately and in fully so that it can be used to implement tangible useful projects for Mombasa youths.
“How on earth can you leave dilapidated sports projects in the county and travel to Egypt for a benchmarking exercise, what are you exactly benchmarking?” noted an agitated Khalid.
He said the MCA’s have been enjoying their moments with dancers and entertainers in Egypt with photos making rounds in all social media platforms.
The MCAs currently on the Egypt trip on Mombasa tax payers’ money are Fadhili Makarani, Portreitz Ward representative, his Tononoka counterpart Ali Omar Shariff, Kongowea Ward representative Abrar Omar, Fahad Kassim representing Mjambere ward, the youngest Mombasa MCA Charles Kitula representing Freer town Ward.
Others are Athman Shebe- Jomvu ward, Ahmed Khamis Nyundo, Majengo, Mwalimu Mbushe, Shika Adabu and Tudor Ward representative Tobias Samba.
Trip costs sh. 3.2 million
“Each MCA is receiving daily allowance of sh. 33, 100, ticket for each MCA to Egypt and back to Mombasa is approximately sh. 50,000 the whole trip is costing taxpayers 3.2 million shillings, this is a total shame,” noted Mr. Khalid.
The rights defenders blamed the MCAs for having no development agenda or goals to uplift the state of the county.
“In Mombasa, we have many pressing needs in the sporting arena, the stadium which remains in a poor state of disrepair, we also have many sports teams that cannot afford to cater their costs for participation in sporting activities. How all these were ignored and instead millions used by MCAs for AFCON remains a mystery,” added Mr. Khalid.
He demanded for a full refund of the entire amount spent on the trip.
“We further demand to know from the authorities the Speaker of the Assembly, the Clerk of the Assembly and the Finance Committee Chairperson why was the trip approved? What mechanisms will be used to recover the funds? What measures will be put in place to ensure the MCAs and those who approved the trip are punished.
Sentiments that were fully backed by Manyatta youth organisation director Nicholas Songora.