Jubilee Govt an obstacle to implementation of the Constitution
27 August 2015, 14:35
Nairobi – As the country marks five years of attaining the new Constitution, the Senate Minority Leader, Moses Wetang’ula has accused the Jubilee administration of obstructing its full implementation.
Wetang’ula, who is also the Bungoma Senator and CORD co-principal claimed that only 55% of the 2010 Constitution that paved way for devolution in Kenya has been implemented due to the government’s rigidness and interference in implementation.
“I rate the implementation of the 2010 Constitution in five years between 50 to 55% because the Jubilee Government living in the era of the old constitution has been a hindrance to its implementation,” said Wetang’ula.
“The government has not fully supported devolution because it has been delaying to release funds to counties leading to health workers’ strikes over salaries, and governors are sidelined on security issues. How can we talk about improving national security without involving counties?” posed Wetang’ula.
He also pointed out that the government is not committed in supporting devolution because of inadequate money allocated to counties by the national budget and huge sums retained at the national level.
“From this year’s KES 2.1 trillion national budget, counties were only given KES 287 billion and the remaining billions of shilling allocated to national government ministries and agencies. Counties should get sufficient funding to ensure residents have good roads and access improved health and water services,” said Wetang’ula.
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The CORD co-principal said Jubilee administration’s failure to support devolution through funding is the main reason the Opposition is pushing for amendments to the Constitution the through its Okoa Kenya referendum to increase allocations to counties from 15 to 45% of the national budget.
He however accused the government of failing to fight corruption both at national and county levels.
Despite challenges in implementing the constitution, devolution and fight against graft, Wetang’ula said much has been achieved by many counties across the country where residents have benefited a lot from well-constructed roads, improved medical services through equipping health centers with enough facilities, increased food production through provision of agricultural inputs and better education environ through construction of schools.
However, the Commission for Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) chairman, Charles Nyachae faulted Wetang’ula’s rating of implementation of the Constitution and said 70% of it has been implemented in five years.
Nyachae concurred with Wetang’ula regarding challenges faced in implementing the constitution by Jubilee government where he pointed out that it is obvious for any government to face challenges in embracing transformation.
“It is true there have been problems in implementing the new Constitution but such challenges will be overcome with time by the government. Citizens while voting for the constitution wanted to usher in devolution and want to see it working,” said Nyachae.
Kenya promulgated the new Constitution on 27th August 2010 and today marks five years of its attainment.
CIC is set to release an annual report on progress made in its implementation.
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