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Lusaka warns leaders against derailing devolution

02 May 2014, 10:33 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Bungoma governor Kenneth Lusaka has asked elected leaders in the country to concentrate on lobbying for better legislation, instead of constantly criticizing the work of governors and starting impeachment motions against county officials.

He said many leaders were abdicating their primary role of service delivery to those who elected them and concentrating on bringing down other duly elected leaders, slowing down development in the process.

Speaking to journalists at his office, Lusaka who is also the secretary of the governors’ council said the detractors are hindering smooth service delivery to the people and risk being branded as the real enemies of devolution.

“I want to point out that those who are hell bent on distracting the county governments across the country from service delivery are true enemies of the people.  As a leader you do not mean well for the people if all you do is put roadblocks on the path of county development projects.  History will indeed judge you harshly,” said Lusaka in what perhaps may be viewed as his first thinly veiled attack on Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) who have launched impeachment motions and some vocal MPs and senators who have been on record

“What may now look like momentary victory will be a basis for you to be judged harshly in the near future. It will be very painful and sad my elected colleagues if by the end of 2017, the only achievement we have made is aggressively fighting and telling off each other and zero development. Let us all join hands irrespective of our political differences and work together for the common good of members of the public,” added the governor.

He said most counties in the past one year have been laying structures for the operations of county governments, and it will be very unfair if these structures are brought down by elected leaders with malicious and selfish intentions.

“The second tier in County Governance is actual service delivery to the county residents. Growth and development of our counties is fully dependent on the level of service delivery that we aspire to achieve. This can only be realized if our members of the county executive, County Public Service Board and all the other county officials are given the necessary support to discharge their duties.  We must therefore not distract them from discharging their mandate by creating uncertainty of their tenure through threats of impeachment,” said Lusaka.

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