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Devolution has not failed, says Governor

20 March 2014, 16:03 Wilshere

Nakuru - Nakuru County governor, Kinuthia Mbugua has quashed the ongoing allegations that devolution in the country has failed.

Mbugua said that county governments in the country have done a tremendous job in improving service delivery to the public.

“Devolution system in this country has not failed because a lot of things have been done by these county governments for the last one year,” he said.

The governor defended the county governments saying most of them did not have good infrastructure and vehicles to serve the public.

Speaking on Thursday at Nakuru High School where he officiated the opening of a two-day forum in marking one year of devolution in the country, Mbugua said that county governments will only work if they are fully supported by the electorates.

He said that the success of each county does not only depend on the governors but also on key stakeholders in every county.

“County governments greatly depend on the support of everyone because counties are not made up governors only,” he said.

Mbugua said that the forum which has brought together delegates from Narok, Bomet, Kericho, Baringo and Nakuru County should not dwell on what the county governments have not done but rather focus on what needs to be done to improve service delivery.

He said that all the promises made by the governors during the campaign period cannot be realized in one year’s time saying that this was a new system of governance in the country and needs more time.

The governor also called on relevant offices in central government in charge of disbursing funds to county governments to be releasing the money early so that intended projects which are earmarked for take off can take place.

“We have many projects that we want to undertake but this can only happen if we get the funds from central government on time,” he said.

The more than 1 000 delegates are expected to come up with a proposal and suggestions on how the five county governments can fulfill the pledges they made to their electorates during the of the two day forum.       

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