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Murkomen urges leaders to uphold accountability

12 March 2014, 14:22 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen has called on all national leaders whether elected or appointed to uphold accountability in their leadership for economic growth and development of counties to be realised.

Murkomen said that leaders' accountability is a constitutional requirement for every public officer adding that the parliament has been granted such oversight mandate and that no leader has power to defy its summonses.

"Every leader should be accountable in their roles to ensure that the public benefit from the fruits of devolution. Governors are overall executive oversight officers for the counties who should ensure that transparency and accountability is exercised in managing county funds," said Murkomen.

He added that governors' move to tax residents without any realized, tangible development has lead to the protests that have been witnessed across the counties.

"To limit residents' protests as a result of new county taxation, governors should first ensure that some tangible developments are realized for residents to know that their tax is well utilized," stated Murkomen.

Murkomen warned governors against obsession with power at the expense of service delivery and accountability.

He also said that the Senate is constitutionally guaranteed with oversight powers to summon governors to account for county money. He noted that members of county assemblies (MCAs) are granted power to oversee county executive officers excluding the governor.

Murkomen was speaking on a local radio station in response to governors' recent claims that it is unconstitutional for the Senate to summon them over county expenditure.

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