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Controversy over Kwale dispensary deepens 

Shiraz village chairman Mr. Suleiman Chabi addresses the media after leading residents in a demonstration to protest a decision by the Msambweni CDF committee to go to court to block operations at the dispensary. Photo by Chari Bakari




Shiraz Dispensary which is at the centre of controversy pitting Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya against Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori and the Constituency Development Committee which has gone to court to block operations at the facility. Photo by Chari Bakari

Shiraz Dispensary which is at the centre of controversy pitting Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya against Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori and the Constituency Development Committee which has gone to court to block operations at the facility. Photo by Chari Bakari

Controversy surrounding Shiraz Dispensary in Kwale County deepened Thursday following a demonstration by residents to protest a decision by the Msambweni Constituency Development Committee to go to court to block its operations.

This comes after the disputed CDF-funded facility was officially opened last week by Governor Salim Mvurya amidst opposition from the area MP Mr. Sulieman Dori who claimed his committee was sidelined during the opening.

The CDF chairman Mr. Muhsin Kibwana said on Monday that his committee had moved to court and that the case would be heard on August 29 with Mr. Mvurya as the first respondent.

Local residents took to the streets in protest demanding the immediate withdrawal of the case saying it was in bad faith and aimed at denying them health services

Shiraz village chairman Mr. Suleiman Swere Chabi said the CDF committee’s move to stop operations at the facility until the case was determined violated the residents’ basic right to health.

He said health was a devolved function under the mandate of the county government and the interference with the operations of the dispensary by the committee and the MP was uncalled for.

Mr. Chabi’s sentiments were shared by a resident Ms. Zainabu Mwanjenje
who described the committee’s action and that of the MP as not only dictatorial, but also retrogressive and in violation of the Constitution.

Mr. Kibwana claimed that the dispensary was built with money from the CDF kitty and the opening by the Governor was premature as it had not been handed over to them by the contractor.

He said they wanted the project to remain under their control until it was audited so that they could answer any queries.

He further claimed that the project was incomplete noting that work on septic tanks, electrical installations were still ongoing.

There has been bad blood between the MP and the Governor Mvurya even though the two were elected on ODM tickets.
By James Muchai

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