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ODM group oppose govt's plan to devolve health sector

22 November 2013, 12:04 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The ODM's Young Parliamentarians have opposed the government's quick move to devolve the health sector in six months stating that the plan is contrary to the Constitutional period of three years.

ODM nominated MP, Hon. Isaac Mwaura, said that several health centers lack essential health facilities such as drugs and other accessories despite the government having allocated the sector KES 130 million.

"In a bid to either stifle devolution or show that devolution is untenable, the Jubilee government has purported to devolve the health functions to the counties in less than six moths contrary to the constitutional requirement that devolution be carried out in a period of three years, and that devolution is only for those functions for which the counties are ready," said Mwaura.

Mwaura said both the national and County governments have to show they constitutional accountability by coming clear on matter considering that doctors had issued a strike notice .

"Doctors across the country are not having their interests taken care of, leading to low morale, apathy to work and several resignations. We want to see a deliberate effort that shows the government is intent on making devolution work unless they want to confirm our fears," stated Mwaura.

He further cited that there should be equitable and equal allocation of funds in the health sector as envisaged in the constitution.

The ODM group also vowed to oppose the proposed amendments to the National Youth Council (NYC) Act Section 17 (1) that intends to create a board that will supervise, design and approve budgets of the council amongst other proposals.

"We will oppose these amendments when they come to the floor of the House since the NYC is supposed to be an autonomous young people's organisation in charge of its own affairs, with the board which was envisaged before this proposed amendment being the only advisory," said Hon. Zuleikha Hassan, the Kwale County ODM nominated MP.

Hon. Hassan said that the group will oppose the deletion of parts of Section 16 of the NYC Act which is intended to do away with eight of the board's nominated representatives.

She also added that the group will oppose another amendment  that seeks to substitute the nomination of one of members of the board by the commission of higher education, and instead, delegate the nomination to public universities. She explained that the proposed amendment does not show how the universities will conduct the nomination.      

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