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Mungai: Give devolution more time

24 July 2013, 16:02 Steve Wambugu

Nakuru County Senator James Mungai has said devolution can only take place gradually and the it should be given more time.

He said that the new system of governance cannot happen in a day since it was a collective responsibility of every county resident.

The senator urged Kenyans to give devolutions system time as county governors put their houses in order.

“The public ought to know that this is a new system of governance and that’s why county governments need more time,” he said.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Mungai however cautioned governors to prioritize matters that were ailing the public.

The Nakuru Senator also urged governors to be considerate as they demand for more county funds saying there was still time to increase the money.

“Our county governors should bear with the central government and work with the KES 210 billion they were allocated first,” he said.

He said that the extra 48 billion that the counties are seeking could not be granted.

Mungai said that governors should cut down unnecessary expenditure and focus on building the counties through the money they are generating at the county level.

“This money that they are asking for was only a proposal because the President gave us his stand that it was impossible to obtain an extra KES 48 billion,” he said.

He further noted that should the county government be added the funds by 40 per cent, it will be an extra burden to the public.

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