Balala: Govt is not against devolution
09 December 2013, 15:39
Kwale - The Cabinet Secretary for Mining, Najib Balala has lashed out at leaders who have have been accusing the Central Government of opposing County governments.
Balala said that the government of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto is not against devolution, which is the will of Kenyans.
Speaking at Kinango Secondary school grounds on Saturday during the official launching of “land use and resource mapping exercise” in Kwale county Balala said they have no option a part from supporting County governments.
He said together Kenyatta and Ruto were in a committee that came up with the new constitution and that they all needed devolved governments to be in place.
“Someone should not lie to you that the central government is opposing county governments,” he said.
Balala was accompanied by Governor Salim Mvurya, Principal Secretary Richard Ekai, Kwale Senator Juma Boy, County Women Representative Zainab Chidzuga, Kwale County executive officers Adam Sheikh (Tourism), Athman Chigudzo (Health), Joanne Nyamasyo (Agriculture), Ali Mafimbo (Land and Mining and Ward Representatives) among other County leaders.
He said such people are out to mislead Kenyans assuring Kenyans that the Central government is in full support of the County governments which are critical in the development of the republic.
“If the Central government is not supporting County governments, then Balala would not have gone down to the counties to meet leaders over development issues. It is because we need to work together for the sake of this country,” he added.
Balala observed that once County governments are successful the Central government will have no problems.
He said that the department of Resource Survey and Remote Sensing is mandated to do survey and mapping in counties and that they have to work with counties.
The minister said that the resource mapping exercise will be done countrywide so that counties can know the amount of resources available.
He said that the collaboration between counties and the Central government should continue for the sake of Kenyans.
Balala said that in 2014, the Ministry of Mining will come up with an underground survey or Geo-mapping project in all counties.
He said they are collaborating with the Chinese government which has the right equipment to execute the project.
“After that underground survey, it will be possible for us to know which minerals are there, their value and how much resources we have underground. Coast people will no longer be called poor,” he said.
Balala said it was high time that Coast people planned for themselves because County governments should not depend on decisions from Central governments.
“If we don’t plan, we will remain poor and people will continue calling us lazy,” he cautioned.
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