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PLO: Elect good leaders

01 March 2013, 12:18 Steve Wambugu

PLO Patrick Lumumba has said devolution system can only help Kenyans if only good leaders are elected into power come Monday the 4th.

The former Chairman of Kenya Anti Corruption Commission (KACC) added that the 47 counties will also be faced with numerous challenges since they were created on ethnic lines.

“We created too many counties on ethnic lines which will be faced with a lot of challenges,” said Lumumba.

Economy cannot support 47 counties

Lumumba also observed that the Kenya economy will not be able to support all the 47 counties, urging Kenyans to be ready to dig deep into their pockets to support county governments.

“Our economy is very minimal to support all these counties and that’s why Kenyans will bear the heavy burden by paying high taxes to support the counties,” observed PLO.     

While addressing students of Mount Kenya University in Nakuru on Thursday, Lumumba noted that the Kenyan government risked increasing the number of county governments other than decreasing them.

“The problem is that our Kenya government might decide to increase the number of county governments instead of reducing them,” he lamented.

While reacting on the issue of natural resources in the country, Lumumba said there was a need for equitable distribution of natural resource among Kenyans as one of the strategies of averting clashes between communities.

General elections a real dilemma

He also termed Monday’s general election as a real dilemma to many electorates saying Kenyans have to elect one of the dilemmas to be the forth President of Kenya.

“Monday's elections present another dilemma to Kenyans but we don’t have a choice but elect one among the two dilemmas,” he said.

Youths sidelined by three regimes

However, the Ex - KACC chairman said youths of Kenya have a responsibility to play in determining who should be the next President of Kenya adding that youths have for long been sidelined by the three regimes.

He also assured the public that Monday’s general elections will not be marred with violence as witnessed in 2007/08 polls saying Kenyans are more united than ever.

Do not expect instant change

Lumumba further urged the public not to expect instant change once the new government comes into power after Monday polls stressing that there is a lot that still needs to be done in the implementation of constitution.   

“Let us not expect instant change once a new government comes in. Change will only be able to come with time,” he pointed out.      

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