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Elders: Governors have misplaced priorities

23 July 2013, 18:14 Steve Wambugu

Rift Valley Council of Elders has rubbished calls by governors to increase county funds by 40 per cent.

The elders argued that the county governments have failed Kenyans and that they should be scrapped off from the constitution.

Governors to be nominated like Cabinet Secretaries

They want governors to be nominated like Cabinet Secretaries since they are just promoting corruption at the county level.

While addressing the media on Tuesday morning, the council of elders spokesperson Gilbert Kabage said that the governors had misused KES 210 billion they had been allocated by the central government.

“Governors have been the biggest disappointment to Kenyans because they have done nothing in the last 100 days," he said.

Misplaced priorities

Kabage decried that the governors have misplaced priorities at the county level and that they should not be added more money.

He pointed out that the county bosses should be contended with what they have been given by the central government if devolution system is to work in Kenya.

Gilbert Kabage

“These governors are just greedy for money because they want more money yet they have not brought any changes since election,” He said.

The elders faulted Isaac Ruto, the chairman of governors, for misleading the county bosses by playing politics over the matter.

Managers of the counties

Kabage said it was regrettable that the governors in the country had become politicians yet they were supposed to be managers of the counties.

“Ruto is just thinking he is still a politician. He was in the 9th parliament and that’s why he is playing politics by asking for more money,” he added.

The spokesperson of the council of elders also urged governors in the country to outline what they have done for the public so far.

He said that wananchi risked languishing in poverty if county bosses are not kept in check.

He also urged the public not to support the calls for by the governors saying they are only after personal gain.

“Kenyans should not allow themselves to be used by these 47 people because they are not thinking about helping any one,” he cautioned.

This was in response to calls by governors to amend the constitution in order to have the county fund raised from 15 percent to 40 percent.

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