CIC: Lawmakers are a threat to devolution
08 April 2014, 15:43
Mombasa - Members of the Constitution Implementation Commission have accused lawmakers for interfering with devolution by drafting laws against the county governments.
While addressing the press in Kilifi County Assembly, Professor Kamotho Waiganjo said Kenyans need to be more vigilant in the way they are handling devolution.
“Counties have been branded as the centers of corruption, which is not the case,” said Waiganjo.
He said those involved in corruption within the counties will be held responsible and charged in court. Waiganjo added that lame accusations should not be used to undermine the benefits and progress devolution has made in Kenya so far.
The commissioner urged the senate and the national assembly to draft laws that will protect devolution.
“The laws being constituted by Senate will undermine the continuity of devolution because of the wrangles that may erupt between the governors and the senators," said Wanganjo
He revealed that the CIC commissioners are traversing all the 47 counties to monitor the progress, benefits and key challenges undermining devolution, in an effort to address the emerging issues that commission intends to publish in their one year devolution spot check report.
However, Professor Peter Wanyande said that the major challenges facing county governments were inherited form county council governments.
He said there is need to address this issue with immediate effect to streamline the functioning of the county governments.
“There is need to harmonize the county government systems to avoid the unnecessary frictions,” Wanyande said.
He added that corruption is a national disaster and the blame should not be shifted to the county governments.
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