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MP wants County Commissioners given more powers

04 December 2014, 15:16

Nakuru - Nakuru Town east Member of Parliament, David Gikaria, wants County Commissioners to be given more powers as one way of taming the rising insecurity in the country.

Speaking in Nakuru town, Gikaria, said that the current County Commissioners have limited powers and no control over the police officers in their counties.

He said that under the current constitution, police officers are answerable to the Police Service Commission but not the County Commissioners.

‘We cannot have County Commissioners who cannot issue instructions to the police and expect them to manage counties. They must be given more powers so that they can effectively run the national government's agenda in the counties,” he said.

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Gikaria said that County Commissioners have become “statues” because all their powers have been taken by the national police service and the Inspector General of police.

“If we want to enhance the collection of intelligence in the country, the County Commissioners must be given powers to take charge of security issues in the counties,” he said.

The MP wondered how an operation would be carried out in a County without the knowledge of the County Commissioners.

He concluded by saying that County Commissioners need the same powers that the former provincial commissioners had.

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