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Akaranga alleges plot by MPS to derail devolution

04 March 2014, 19:59 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga says MP's and Senators have hatched a plot to derail devolution to ensure that Kenyans lose confidence in the new system of governance.

Akaranga said that the rare unity exhibited by Senators and MP's in the war against Governors was a clear indication that devolution was under a threat.

He noted that ‘fat cats’ in the national government opposed to devolution were using legislators to make law that weakens the devolved system and denied governors power.

“It is not a secret that some MP's and Senators are enemies of devolution. The trend of activities the legislators have engaged in of late are aimed at killing devolution to benefit their masters,” said Akaranga.

Speaking at Chamalago PAG church during a funds drive yesterday, Akaranga said some leaders feared that the national government would lose a meaning to ordinary people if the counties were stable enough to provide services to them.

County Executive Committee members Evans Kaiga (Finance), Nixon Amendi (Youth and Sports) and Halima Abdi (Environment) accompanied Akaranga.

He noted that some leaders were pretending to be fighting for accountability by governors when they were out to kill devolution so as to serve interests of selfless leaders.

“Governors are being fought because some individuals believe that national government would be rendered irrelevant if counties satisfied local peoples’ needs,” he added.

The former Public Service Minister said those with such mentality were wrong adding that the two government created by the new constitution had distinct responsibilities.

Akaranga said that governors were facing challenges and they should be supported to make devolution work instead of being pulled back by the senators and MP's.

He added that leaders in the national government should not fear governors adding that service delivery to citizens should be their priority and not laws that would cripple the counties.

Akaranga noted that it was ridiculous that MP's and senators had launched a spirited campaign to bar governors from flying national flags on their official vehicles.

“It is not the flag that is working but individuals…they want the flags, then let them take them from us,” he added.

Akaranga said,“they should go ahead and take the national anthem because they don’t want governors to be associated with a national symbol”.

He pointed out that the war between legislators and Governors was not good to the growth and stability of the counties.

The governor noted that County chiefs "were not angels and could make mistakes and legislators should not demonise them."

Akaranga noted that governors will fight back adding that they would win the war because they had the backing of majority of Kenyans who voted overwhelmingly for devolution.

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