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Governors warned against performing National Govt’s roles

21 October 2014, 13:35 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The National Assembly’s Education, Research and Technology committee has warned County Governments against carrying out the National Government’s roles such as construction of schools, setting aside funds for bursaries among others.

The committee’s acting chair, Julius Melly said the attempt by governors to perform the national government’s duties is “a waste of funds” and called upon the Education Principal Secretary, Belio Kipsang to ensure his ministry’s mandate is not illegally taken over.

“Although we blame the Transition Authority for failure to clearly outline roles to be played by various stakeholders in the education sector, the governors should desist from performing the National Government’s responsibilities," said Melly.

“The recruitment of teachers including those of ECD is the mandate of the Teachers Service Commission not for governors and the county governments should understand their constitutional roles in education,” he added.

Melly accused the Council of Governors (CoG) of pushing for more funds through their Pesa Mashinani campaign yet the devolved health sector facilities such as hospitals are in bad condition.

Also read: Transition Authority says devolution may collapse

“Governors are demanding for more funds and more functions form the national government including devolution of education sector yet hospitals are still in dilapidated situation," said Melly.

Kipsang said the CoG is yet to furnish his ministry with detailed information regarding its demands to devolve the Education sector.

“My ministry has not held any talks with the CoG to transfer the management of schools from the national government to counties. In my opinion, I cannot lash out their demands. Maybe governors have proper reasons to devolve the sector and we will discuss with them issue before making any decision," said Kipsang.

A meeting scheduled today (Tuesday) for the CoG, Parliamentary committee on Education and the Education ministry to look into the matter was postponed when the governors representatives failed to turn up due to some urgent commitments.

The Senate’s Public County Public Accounts and Investment committee, chaired by Kakamega Senator, Bonny Khalwale recently opposed to the governors’ decision of setting aside the Ward Development Fund for Members of County Assembly for some projects including bursaries currently given to students through the Constituency Development Fund managed by MPs.

“The intention of devolved funds is to unlock the economic potential of counties. This cannot be achieved when funds are scattered all over the place,” Khalwale warned.

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