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Governor's referendum to increase funds

07 August 2014, 21:02 KENN LABAN

Busia - County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has declared the governor’s planned referendum push to increase county funds to 45 per cent as ‘a must win’.

He said all 47 county government heads are ready to sacrifice everything possible to ensure that the push to increase funds allocated for devolution is achieved.

“Since the national Government had perfected the art of propaganda to mislead the public about the issues of devolution in order to paint counties as non-performing, we will not sit back and let the devolution stifled as it was done in the past,” declared Ojaamong.

The Governor hit out at the treasury for allegedly allocating counties ‘peanuts’ while spending trillions on spreading propaganda meant to paint governors as incompetent and spending taxpayer’s money on misplaced priorities.

“So many departments have been devolved. Major departments such as Agriculture, water, roads, health and many more have been fully devolved. You then give us Sh. 4 billion and remain with trillions to spread propaganda against Governors. What can we in Busia do with Sh. 4 billion?” asked Ojaamong.

Ojaamong’ was speaking during the launch of Busia County Community Development Strategic plan in his office on Wednesday.

He urged Kenyans to support the Governor’s referendum calls irrespective of their political and tribal affiliations to ensure that the spirit of devolution is fully realized.

 “We are all united to ensure we win and in fact Kabogo who comes from the president’s Kiambu County is the chairman. When you see us coming around for your support, know that we shall be fighting for you,” said Ojaamong.

 “For example, if Busia County gets sh10 billion and we further devolve 5 per cent to wards I believe everyone will be happy.”

He explained that referendum also seeks to ensure that the MCAs are accorded the same privileges as Members of parliament arguing that they are equally elected.

“Those opposed to our referendum calls are determined to see devolution thrown into dustbins. For those in the forefront criticizing governors, you to need to direct their energies to the right place.”

Speaking at the same forum, Busia County Assembly Deputy Speaker Moses Ote said Busia County Assembly is in fully support of the referendum to increase budgetary allocation to counties saying devolution is the only route to ensure there is equal distribution of resources in the country.

“Devolution was meant to give each and every Kenyan an equal opportunity. It has also given Kenyans an opportunity to decide on which development agendas do they need and that’s the way to go,” said Ote.

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