Governor: Stripping us of titles is not honorable
23 February 2015, 12:28
Kitale - Trans Nzoia County Governor, Patrick Khaemba has slammed MPs for passing a bill stripping them of “His Excellency” title.
Addressing residents in Saboti constituency during a forum to address land issue in the area, Khaemba regretted that the legislators have ignored their mandate of legislating on important issues facing Kenyans and instead opted to resuscitate the supremacy battle between leaders.
“Why fight the MCAs and Governors? Has the titles hindered development in counties?” asked Khaemba.
The Council of Governors had asked President Uhuru Kenyatta not to assent to a bill that stripped them of their titles claiming the legislation is not in sync with the Constitution.
The Governors protested the move by the National Assembly terming it an exercise in futility and claiming that the bill did not follow legal procedures as spelt out in the country’s laws.
According to the Governors, any legislation touching on the counties must pass through the two Houses of Parliament (Senate and National Assembly) and must also be subjected to public participation.
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“We are urging the President not to sign the bill into law; the bill did not follow proper procedure as provided for. Any law touching on devolved units must have gone through the Senate and the National Assembly and also taken to the public for their input,” said Meru Governor Peter Munya.
Meanwhile, Khaemba reiterated that his administration would cooperate with the national government in improving service delivery, Governor Khaemba said.
“The national government is our parent government and I am not opposed to President Uhuru Kenyatta. Even if I am in a different political party, I will work with the President and his deputy William Ruto for the good of my people of Trans Nzoia,” he said.
He disclosed that his good working relationship with the national government has enabled him to secure support in the expeditious processing of title deeds, acquisition of land for expansion of Kitale town and construction of good roads in the County.
“Thanks to our collaboration with the national government the Kambimiwa – Saboti – Kaptama, Junction – Gituamba and Barbaton – Saboti – Endebess – Suam roads will be tarmacked. The Lands Cabinet Secretary has also assured us of the ministry’s support on the issue of title deeds,” said Khaemba.
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