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Critic of Kenya's devolved system

29 February 2012, 11:41 Salim Kodi

The two-governments-on-one system the Executive wants to introduce will kill the already knocked-down Kenya's economy

I am one of those who said NO, but majority of Kenyans during the Referendum said YES to the New Constitution knowing that they were voting for a constitution that would introduce the Devolution system of government meaning that now they would be managing their own counties by electing a Governor who would be their leader. In this way the counties would be true local governments.

They were made to understand that the counties would not be run by those hand-picked by the government of the day which would definitely be formed by the political party with the majority votes.

It is therefore shocking that the Executive is rejecting changes made by MPs to the Devolution Bill requiring DCs, DOs and Chiefs to report to the County Governors. The Government, i.e. the coalition government, plans to petition the President not to assent to the amended Bill.

Yes, the Governor ought to have more powers than the hand-picked administrators - the DCs, the DOs and the Chiefs - since he would have been directly elected by the people.

Otherwise, and to all appearances, we are going back to the same old system of governance which the majority of Kenyans rejected.

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