Everyone wants to be an MCA, Chebukati says

Everyone wants to be an MCA, Chebukati says
  • Electoral body chair notes that majority of aspirants in August have their eyes set on the ward representative post
  • The country’s 2526 MCAs earn a monthy average of Sh250,000

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati has expressed surprise at the high number of aspirants seeking the member of county assembly (MCA) seats in this year’s General Elections.

Speaking on Wednesday, March 1 during a stakeholders meeting with the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) in Limuru, the commission chair said that most of the 40,000 aspirants it expects to contest in the elections are eyeing the highly coveted seat.

“The high interest in the MCA seats is set to push number of aspirants in August poll to 40,000 from 24,000 in 2013,” he said.

The former councillor’s post has emerged as one of the most powerful dockets under devolution, given the oversight role they play of billions allocated annually to counties. MCAs currently earn Sh250,000 besides other perks such as allowances, car grants and mortgages.

The country has 2526 nominated and elected MCAs.

So lucrative is the position that nominated senator Godliver Omondi has announced her intention to vie for the ward representative seat in Matungulu, Machakos County.

Nominated Senator Godliver Omondi (Photo: The Star Kenya)

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