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Mueke supports referendum push

20 August 2013, 09:10 Dennis Omido

Nairobi county deputy governor Jonathan Mueke has added his voice to the governors’ call for a national referendum to protect devolution.

Speaking on Monday in Nairobi during the opening of Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA), Mueke said this shows how serious it is that more funds should be allocated to counties for devolution to succeed in this country.

He accused the national government of withholding the money meant for counties as provided for in the Constitution.

“The law requires that the money ought to have been given to counties by June 15, but today is August 19. Our bank accounts are still dry, we cannot move since there is no money to carry out some activities,” he said.

“As soon as the counties get the money, that is when the people will see the benefits of devolution since services will be closer to them as stated in the Constitution,” Mueke noted.

He refuted claims that the referendum was being pushed by politicians saying that there is politics involved but rather the move was aimed at ensuring that devolution turns out to be successful.

“The Council of Governors whose members are from both Jubilee and Cord is united on the issue, and it is only devolution that will make this country take off,” Mueke said.

He also said that the Uwezo fund meant for the youth and women should be administered by governors since they are the ones who are closer to the youth and women groups as opposed to the national government.

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