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Munya promises to push for more cash to counties

27 May 2015, 11:57 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - The newly elected Council of Governors Chair, Governor Peter Munya has promised to push for more cash to the county governments maintaining that the devolved units should be adequately facilitated to effectively discharge their mandates.

Munya said the demands for more funds to the counties by governors were genuine and need not to be doubted.

In an interview, Munya also acknowledged the part the national government is playing in addressing development issues.

“We don’t mean to belittle what the national government is doing because we acknowledge they also have a broad agenda and mandate to deliver like paying salaries to police, teachers among other staff under them who are not devolved,” he clarified.

He reiterated that counties were better placed to address issues facing the common mwananchi at the grassroots such as water supply, healthcare and agriculture.

Munya dispelled fears that governors were agitating for more cash to be devolved so it can end in the pockets of a few individuals.

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He however faulted roles played by water boards claiming they were being allocated huge budgets but nothing was on the ground to justify their service.

“We want such budgets to be redirected to the County governments for wananchi to have maximum access to water,” he appealed, accusing a number of water services boards across the country for being dormant.

Munya, who was enlisted in the EACC graft report, supported the war against corruption but warned that it should not be used as a gimmick for edging out political rivals.

“I fully support the war on graft. Anybody who steals public funds should be arrested and prosecuted in the court of law irrespective of whether they belong to the County or national government,” he said.

The Meru Governor also called for respect, accusing some police officers of manhandling governors who were suspected of wrong doing.

“It is uncouth to bundle a whole Governor in the boot of a vehicle in the name of arrest. A Governor should not be treated as a sack of potatoes. Those suspected of corruption should be allowed to avail themselves for interrogation,” he said, citing the Lamu and Murang’a governors who were allegedly manhandled during arrest.

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