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Health CS accused of undermining devolution

29 August 2015, 20:03 Ken Wekesa

Kilifi - Kilifi governor, Amason Kingi has accused the Health cabinet secretary, James Macharia of undermining efforts made by the County government to make devolved health sector a success.

Kingi said Macharia's utterances over the counties' failure to handle the health docket were uncalled for at the moment.

“The CS is daydreaming if he thinks he can reverse the already devolved health sector back to the national government,” said Kingi.

The Kilifi governor was reacting to the recent proposal by the Health cabinet secretary to have the already devolved health docket reverted back to the national government.

Macharia said the government would not sit and watch the health sector spring into crisis and called upon the senate and national assembly to find a solution to the crisis.

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Kingi said Macharia's utterances were made out of ignorance, despite there being clear guidelines from the constitution.

He said the health crisis being experienced by the county governments is a result of the national government's failure to resolve the challenges that were facing the health sector before the introduction of devolution in Kenya.

“We have promotion issues in the health sector that had been there since 2009," said Kingi.

He however said the health sector has greatly improved since it were devolved from the national government and there was need to address the current challenges in the sector.

“Before the devolved system of government, Kilifi had only 2 ambulances and now we have more than 10,” said Kingi.

He maintained that the counties will be able to handle the docket once the challenges are addressed by the national government.

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