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Governors accused of overlooking their deputies

24 April 2015, 10:30 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - Embers of mistrust and dissonance between Governors and their Deputies resurfaced once again at the ongoing  Devolution Conference being held in Kisumu.

Deputy Governors who have in the past complained of not being assigned duties by their bosses on Wednesday faulted Kisumu Governor, Jack Ranguma for failing to introduce his deputy, Ruth Odinga on Tuesday during the official opening of the conference by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Led by the Deputy Governors Chairperson, Evelyn Aruasa (Narok), the deputy governors were shocked by Ranguma's failure to introduce or even mention Odinga.

Odinga said she forgave Ranguma, stating that she will take it as a slip in the Governor’s mind.

However, she declined to comment on a journalist’s question whether the omission was tied to allegations that she had intentions to unseat Ranguma in the next gubernatorial elections.

The omission which was raised by nominated Senator Zipporah Kittony during one of the discussions on gender at the conference, led the deputy governors who faulted their host Ranguma for failing to introduce his right hand.

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Addressing journalists, Aruasa noted that deputy governors face a myriad of challenges in their job including the lack of goodwill with some governors.

She added that lack of clear cut roles is another problem they experience.

Aruasa pointed out that they have raised the issue with the Senate and two bills are already in place to address the role of the deputy governors and how best their office can be put to use.

She said as pioneer deputy governors, the obligation was upon them to set a clear precedence for future office bearers of the position.

A number of governors have frosty relations with their deputies with the notable one Governor Ranguma who has openly differed with his deputy, Ruth Odinga.

In Machakos County, Governor Alfred Mutua orchestrated the ouster of his deputy, Bernard Kiala, by the County Assembly but the impeachment vote was overruled by the Senate.

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