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Ruto admits devolution has been slow progress

30 October 2014, 08:02 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto has admitted that some aspects of devolution have not been implemented as agreed.

The DP was speaking Wednesday after a meeting with Governors in Nairobi, where the two sides had met to discuss the transfer of road works and building to County level.

The meeting failed to resolve the crisis that has been building over time with regard to the devolution process, with Governors frustrated that the national government still holds key machinery and facilitative networks for devolution.

Ruto admitted that the process of devolving road infrastructure functions had been slow and insisted that he is doing everything in his power to ensure it moves faster.

" I have to agree that the process of devolving certain functions has been slow," he said at the Kenya Institute of Government in Nairobi.

He however did say that the roadmap to ensuring the devolution of these functions was clear and would be resolved soon.

" The process has already started and we are moving forward with it. We have already spoken to the transition authority to have relevant machinery moved forward to the county level. We will share on an 80% County to 20% national government basis, he added.

Governors have previously complained of government efforts to frustrate them through the slowing down of several aspects of devolution, with some even insinuating that the government is cynically frustrating the process, something Ruto denies.

" There is a transitional process that needs time. It is not always perfect as we have seen in this case," he added.

Ruto also said that the government will gazette 160,000 roads under County Governments with 40,000 to remain under the national government.

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