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Governors defecting from referendum calls not honest

26 August 2014, 11:57 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga has slammed governors who ditched the calls for a referendum in the country last week, saying that they are not honest with their decision.

Akaranga said that no governor in the country is currently contended with the way the National Government is treating them especially with the issue of funding, and that those who have talked ill and left the calls for a referendum are traitors and after killing devolution.

“Are those governors who have been talking out of the referendum and defecting citing unnecessary reasons honest to Kenyans and themselves? They must come out clean and tell Kenyans that they do not want to lead their counties in the quest for better things,” Akaranga said.

The Governor spoke while addressing the congregation at the African Divine Church headquarters at Boyani in Hamisi constituency, Vihiga County, when he closed the week-long women’s conference on Saturday.

The church Archbishop John Chabuga, Hamisi sub-county administrator Wilberforce Agesa and nominated MCA Nathan Kamidi were present in the seminar that brought together over 1 000 women leaders from the church countrywide.

Akaranga said that the 15 percent of the national revenue disbursed amongst the 47 counties was a meagre share that needs to be increased so that people at the grassroots level can feel the fruits of devolution at close range.

“The 15 percent of national revenue for 47 counties is a bad joke. The governors who now want to cite cases of loyalty to their parties by defecting from the referendum are fooling Kenyans, and that they should say their intention of ditching the referendum calls,” Akaranga said.

Kamidi said that it would be better if more money is infiltrated into the counties so that more Kenyans can benefit.

Akaranga added that as chairman of governors from the western region, he was confident that a call for a referendum by governors is not fuelled by any malice and that Kenyans should support it fully.

While addressing the congregants, Archbishop Chabuga asked institutions in the country to help fight for women rights and give them an opportunity in the society to enhance their livelihoods.

“We should continue offering guidance to women in the society. Our African Divine Church will continue sponsoring programmes aimed at giving women an opportunity in the society, as we try to remain focused,” he said.

He said that the national government should heed the calls by the governors for a better funding so as to avoid confrontations on resources allocation in the future.  

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