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Governors unveil referendum team, promise results

09 August 2014, 10:38 William Korir

Nairobi - Governors have unveiled a 15 man referendum team, promising to deliver on their push for more funds to aid devolution.

The team was named Friday evening as they went forward with their mission to fight for more funds in what they term as a 'right', not a 'request'.

Council of Governors chair Isaac Ruto called on Kenyans to back the team and help them achieve what is universally acclaimed as the way out for the country's problems.

" We have noted that there is an onslaught on devolution and county governments resources meant for service delivery at the counties have been withheld by the national government, he said.

" Despite the fact that we have initially worked in good faith, this does not seem to yield too much. As a council we are aware of the fact that we must now engage ourselves to ensure there is enough for services in the counties.

The 15 man team includes Ruto who represents Bomet County, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo, Meru's Peter Munya, Kivutha Kibwana of Makueni, Nyeri’s Nderitu Gachagua, Ahmed Abdullahi who represents Wajir, Jack Ranguma from Kisumu, Salim Mvurya of Kwale, Wycliffe Oparanya of Kakamega County, David Nkedianye of Kajiado, Kenneth Lusaka of Bungoma, Ali Roba of Mandera, Cleophas Lagat of Nandi and Ukur Yattani of Marsabit County.

Their main agenda in the referendum is to ensure there is enough funding to increase the levels of security in the country, which they say the government has failed to do.

They also want to increase the powers of the senate, which they feel has put a roadblock on devolution since they are not well protected at the National Assembly, which still has the major say in matters devolution.

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