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Kindiki: We are the advocates of devolution

12 March 2014, 15:22 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The Senate majority leader, Kithure Kindiki has said senators will not relent in their oversight role over the county governments.

He said senators are the advocates of devolution and therefore have the mandate to ensure it works.

He stated that their oversight role over the county governments which has caused a rift between governors and senators will continue and that they will not be swayed.

“Governors should not fear our summons. They should not lock themselves behind hotel doors seeking solutions because we will keep our eyes open and play our role to ensure money is used appropriately in the counties,” noted the Tharaka Nithi Senator.

Speaking in Nyeri town, Kindiki noted that all institutions of governance including the county assemblies should be respected by all individuals.

“The Senate is an arm of government and should be respected by other institutions. Their decisions should also be obeyed and adhered to,” he said.

He added that the house is pushing the national government to allocate more money and resources to the devolved governments for development projects.

“Resources for counties should not be cut. We will resist any attempt to reduce the amounts set for them but instead demand for more,” he said.

However, Nyeri governor Nderitu Gachagua defended his fellow governors maintaining that the county bosses are accountable to their electorates.

“I want to assure the Senate that no governor wants to be exempted from audit or investigations. But they should not accuse someone of corruption without a court process. They are also entitled to court processes and should be treated like any other Kenyan on that matter,” stated Gachagua.

He said that the Senate is discriminating against the governors opining that governors must be subjected to the rule of law as they are upholding transparency in their duties.

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