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Ruto brushes off government absence from devolution conference

03 April 2014, 11:48 William Korir

Nairobi - Governor's council chairman Isaac Ruto has brushed off the government's absence from the ongoing governors conference in Kwale.

The conference kicked off Wednesday at the coast and aims to celebrate the gains made by the county governments in the past one year.

There has been controversy though after the executive failed to show up for the conference, with president Uhuru Kenyatta terming it Monday, a waste of money.

Members of the private sector alliance as well as other enterprises have followed the governors to Kwale for the conference.

But with no one from the executive turning up for the event, it was left to Ruto to salvage the pieces.

" There is no issue with them not coming for the conference. It has happened and there is nothing we can do about it, he said.

" I understand that the president is away, the deputy president is busy and as we know, the cabinet secretaries have been busy as well, he added.

He insisted that there were positives to take from devolution in its first year.

" The government has supported devolution in many ways and them not coming here does not make it any less, he said.

" We have had a good year. Everything has not been perfect but we have done some things well and will continue to build ahead, he added.

The three day conference is aimed at building on the first year of devolution and planning for the future.

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