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MPs plot to strip Governors of flags, titles

05 March 2014, 14:49 William Korir

Nairobi - Parliament was involved in a stinging debate over whether to strip governors of the right to fly flags on their vehicles and have express titles.

The move comes as the national assembly continues its war on governors and opulence at county level, following earlier threats by the senate to reduce funding to counties and other facilities.

The motion was placed by Adan Keynan, the MP for Aldas who said the governors do not deserve the excess treatment they receive as leaders of the county governments.

" Governors have been given too much precedence and the reality is that they are public servants just like any others and must practice humility, he said.

His move was supported by a number of MPs who felt governors have grown big headed over their roles and the power they have on their hands.

Another section of MPs though suggested that the move would be paramount to reducing the significance of county governments and governors and insisted that they should retain their place in the governance structure.

Others thought that it would be null and void to debate the matter as it was every Kenyan's right to fly a flag wherever they like as it was a sign of patriotism.

" It defeats the constitutional logic to deny a Kenyan the right to fly a flag and especially a person heading an institution as big as a county, Suba MP John Mbadi argued.

He further alleged that the motion was unconstitutional and urged temporary speaker Jessica Mbalu to desist from the debate.

Mbalu though insisted that there was nothing wrong with the debate and said that there was room for debate as long as it was done within the realms of parliament.

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