Governors wary of government mischief in referendum talks
30 September 2014, 08:04
Nairobi - Governors are wary of a government plot to push in their own agenda during the planned talks on the referendum.
The Governors have agreed to dialogue with the government in a bid to increase funds for devolution without heading to a costly referendum.
It has been agreed that the Council of Governors will come up with a bill to be presented to the National Assembly with the points the Governors want implemented to suit devolution.
On the other hand, there have been rumours that the government is also planning to draw up its own bill, an accusation not taken lightly by Governors.
" We will not accept a government sponsored bill and if so, we will quickly head back to the referendum plot, Council chairman Isaac Ruto says.
It is understood that the plot by government to push through its own bill is in the making and Ruto says that they will be wary of too much government interference in the talks.
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" Talking does not mean bending over and I would like to let the government know that early. We will only subscribe to what we want, he added.
On the other hand, the government has denied the plot to sponsor its own bill, calling it a ploy by outside forces to try derail the talks.
" These talks are important to us and carry a lot of weight at this time. Stories of the government sponsoring a different bill are all malicious and aimed at frustrating dialogue, Majority leader Aden Duale said in a rejoinder.
It is still not yet clear if indeed Governors will still push through their minimum 45% national revenue demand for devolution but according to sources it will be nothing close to that.
" The 45% demand is too high and unreasonable. It will not pass. The important thing is to ensure that Governors get a good increase, the source that did not want to be named said.
Government has insisted that there will only be an increase in funding if Governors ensure accountability, another demand that will likely cause ripples.
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