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Governor's council bemoans appointment of County Commisioners

15 May 2014, 17:45 William Korir

Nairobi - The Council of Governors has bemoaned the decision by president Uhuru Kenyatta to create the positions of county commissioners, terming it a step backwards for devolution.

The move by the president Thursday to delegate duties at county level to the new officials was described by the council as detrimental to devolution.

" It is disturbing that the executive can move to take such a position despite the constitutional position given to Governors and county authorities, Council boss and Bomet governor Isaac Ruto said in a statement.

He described the move as one that was disappointing and which is meant at undermining the influence of county governments.

" It is clearly a move that is set out to frustrate devolution by creating multiple centers of authority, which is against the spirit of the constitution, he added.

The move by the president to create the posts has sparked fury from opposition party ODM which accused the government of trying hard to kill devolution.

" This development must not be allowed to succeed. It is tantamount to further increasing the wage bill, escalating constitutional crises and engendering unnecessary political tension in the country, party leader Prof. Anyang Nyong'o said.

" It is now clear that President Uhuru Kenyatta has all along been harbouring strong reservations against devolution and an entrenched faith in authoritarian rule.

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