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Ruto: Women to benefit more from devolved funds

10 October 2014, 10:52 Tony Karomo

Meru - Kenyan women will benefit more from devolution if there is increased funding to counties, the Council of Governors (CoG) has said.

CoG chairperson Isaac Ruto and his Meru County counterpart Peter Munya Thursday said the improved women representation in the county was a pointer to the benefits of devolution in the country.

Speaking during the Inaugural Women’s Leadership Conference held at Kenya Methodist University (Kemu) in Meru, the two said more funding for the devolved units would translate into a boost for the income of many households in the rural regions.

“Women in Kenya shoulder everything. However, it is important to note that with the promulgation of the constitution, Kenyans endorsed the need for proper women representation and with more funds at the grassroots, women can actually make our country’s economy grow and prosper," Ruto said.

He said if more funds are allocated to the devolved units, then women who bear the greatest responsibility in the community would boost their own growth and spread the benefits of devolution.

He called for enhanced collaboration between the county and national government on a range of issues so that counties can realize the benefits of devolution.

Also read: Parliament approves KES 210bn county funds

“The national government should respect county governments by releasing all the functions accorded to us by the constitution. Then resources should follow. We cannot allow our women to continue dying when they are giving birth just because the roads or hospitals in the rural areas are in the best of their conditions," he said.

The governor however regretted that there is no female governor in the country and challenged women to vie for higher positions in the next elections.

Munya said the Pesa Mashinani referendum campaign will transform agriculture, water and other sectors where women have been the engine of growth.

“If we rejuvenate and resuscitate these particular sectors through proper funding, then we will have transformed the women of this country. They play a crucial role in the growth of any society,” Munya said.

He observed that while some counties were grappling with none or few applications from qualified women and other vulnerable groups, Meru County was among the few ones that have met the constitutional provision that not more than two thirds of public appointments shall be of the same gender.

First Lady of the Lagos State in Nigeria Dame Emmanuela Fashola who was the chief guest at the conference emphasized on the collective efforts of all women leaders to work together for the prosperity of women especially those in the rural areas.

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