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Governors ask wananchi to credit them where it is due

10 February 2014, 11:28 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Governors have asked members of the public not to concentrate much on the negatives that have encumbered devolution, but rather credit the County governments where they have excelled.

They said that devolution is just at its initial stages and for it to succeed, it must be supported and at the same time helped where necessary, instead of rallying citizens against it.

Speaking at the memorial service of the late Moses Budamba Mudavadi, father to Musalia Mudavadi, the Bungoma governor, Ken Lusaka said that leaders should not incite citizens against devolution.

“Devolution cannot just happen all at once. We acknowledge the problems on the ground as governors, and we are trying our best to solve them amicably. What leaders can do is to help us overcome the problems and set up proper structures for our people,” he said.

Vihiga governor Moses Akaranga and his Lamu counterpart, Issa Timamy shared the same sentiments and asked the County assemblies to help shape devolution instead of laying grounds for killing it.

Akaranga said that it would be unfortunate if devolution did not work as expected just because the leaders have failed to interpret the constitution accordingly and implement it.

“All leaders in the various counties should come together and dialogue on how best to get the best out of devolution for the people of this country. We want to set systems which will work for many years to come, and this will be possible if all leaders in the counties work together,” he said.

In the event that was graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Mululu Primary School, the governors said that they were enjoying the good relationship between county governments and the national government.

“I want to appreciate the national government for the support it has accorded to county governments, and especially in Vihiga, where no war between the two has been recorded so far,” Akaranga said.

The Vihiga governor further asked the president to help the county in the tarmacking of various feeder roads so that farmers can have ease of mobility as they seek market for their goods.

Hamisi MP, Charles Gimose asked the president to speed up the setting up of Friends University Kaimosi as the Commission for University Education had assessed the facility and recommended that it was set to take its new responsibility of offering higher education.

He also asked the president to help the over 50 schools in Hamisi constituency to get electricity so that when the laptops are brought, pupils can be able to use them without problems.

“Many schools in the constituency have no electricity and it will not be good if the laptops are brought and not used,” Gimose said.

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