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Governors lose popularity whilst chasing 'unnecessary' causes

02 July 2014, 18:45 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Governors say that by taking away the ability to fly national flags on their vehicles, they are being shown a lack of respect.

Thus the tug of war pitting the County bosses and Members of Parliament is set to continue, especially after Governors moved to court Wednesday seeking orders to overturn the law denying them the right to fly flags on their vehicles.

Fronted by the Council of Governors, the suit at the High Court seeks to make the National Flag, Emblems and Names (Amendment) Act 2014 declared unconstitutional.

MPs say that there is no need for Governors to fly flags seeing as they are already granted identity through their vehicle number plates.

Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto though, feels it is a ploy to undermine them.

" We need our respect. We have to be respected. We are constitutionally guaranteed our freedoms and we want them, he said.

He insisted that by taking away such privileges, devolution would risk being undermined and eventually taken for granted.

The move to head to court over the flags was however greeted with scepticism by Kenyans who feel the County bosses have lost their way.

With reports of waste of funds through trips and allowances surfacing, the Governors risk losing appeal on the ground.

" I think that they have certainly lost their way and this incident certainly points in that direction, Michael Ndung'u a political analyst said.

" They are in a delicate situation where they risk losing public backing at the expense of gaining self approval, which they still need. It is a tight spot for them, he added.

On the streets of Nairobi, most interviewed by News24 felt that they were being taken fir a ride by the Governors.

" I feel used by them, Stacy Obino said. Yes, they have the right to fight for their rights but at whose expense? There are more important things to be done in the country at the moment. That is the disappointing bit, she said.

Njoroge Mwaura feels that the Governors are by their own accord adding no value to devolution.

" They are not adding any value. Apart from Alfred Mutua (Machakos Governor), the rest are asleep. They have not shown any sign of development, he said.

" I am getting bored of these stories. Time to hear new ones, he added.

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