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CORD ask Uhuru to restructure Provincial Admin

10 March 2014, 12:41 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leadership has questioned the validity of Provincial Administration in the new constitutional dispensation alleging that it is stifling devolution.

The leaders led by the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula and Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba challenged the government to restructure and incorporate Provincial Administration into the devolved units.

They said the same officers were the reason for the ballooning wage bill the government is trying to reduce through populist gimmicks of public servants’ pay cuts.

Speaking at Musitinyi Primary School in Luanda,Vihiga County over the weekend, the leaders said Kenyans voted for the constitution to devolve power from Nairobi to the grassroots.

“Kenyans voted in governors to send the provincial administrators home but they are still in office. What are they doing yet their work is over? The PCs used to fly the country’s flag without any problem, so why is the government fighting governors over flying the same flag and they were elected by the people?” Raila posed.

He wondered why the provincial administrators were allowed to remain in office noting that the new constitution had devolved power and that the move to restructure the same is in line with the new constitution.

Raila said that devolution must work by all means and that CORD will ensure that the Jubilee government works in line with the expectations of the people.

“We want the funds to the counties increased from 15 percent to 45 percent. More functions should also be devolved so that service delivery to the people is smoothed. Otherwise, the Jubilee government is just pitying a war between Kenyans and the governors for no apparent reason,” he said.

On his part, Namwamba said continued stay in power by the officers in the former provincial administration is a systemic and structural problem.

He called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to restructure his government to meet the requirements of the new order.

“We now have the county administrators. The governors have employed village, ward and sub-county administrators,” he said.

He added that the national government has failed to respond to the reality of devolution and instead duplicated another structure of administration at the grassroots.

“So we have a village administrator under the governor and a sub-chief for the national government. There is a sub-county administrator and a DC. The government should deal with this structural defect before beginning to convince Kenyans through populist measures of pay cuts at the top,” Namwamba said.

He noted that provincial administration should be placed under the governors and incorporate the existing structure under the county governments.

Calls in the past to restructure or do away with the provincial administration in line with the new constitution dispensation have elicited debate and counter-accusations with the provincial administrators coming out to defend their jobs.

Odinga further said that he wanted the traffic police officers who operate Alcoblows to be cleansed if the gadget has to operate effectively on the roads.

Raila said that the gadget can help curb the accidents in the country only if it is under the care of sober police officers.

“Most of the officers who operate Alcoblow are often easily compromised by the drunk drivers who give them something small in exchange for their freedom, and thus end up causing accidents,” said Raila.

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