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Ruto has his regrets

21 May 2015, 18:14 William Korir

Nairobi - Former Council of Governors chairman and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto says he has regrets over his tenure atop the caucus but says that the future is bright for devolved units of government.

Ruto stated Thursday, during elections for new officials of the Council that he had several regrets of his tenure but the biggest was the failure to stop Parliament from reducing powers of devolved units.

" My biggest regret is that during my time in office, Parliament enacted 24 anti devolution bills. It was a disappointment I will carry with me," he stated at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi.

Ruto however, was confident that the leadership of the new chairman Meru Governor Peter Munya would do wonders for devolution.

" It gives me great pleasure to hand over as the Chair of Council of Governors. The council is the platform that gives one voice in matters devolution," he stated.

He says that the new leaders should do their best to defend devolution.

" The new leaders should keep the pace in the defence of devolution. The constitution is clear on types of roads. National trunk & County roads but we are yet to agree on which ones are for counties. That should be looked at".

" Also, we need to protect our own. Our representative was denied a Visa to go to Geneva for a WHO Forum yet health is devolved, that must changed," he added.

Meru Governor Munya was been elected the new chairman of the Council of Governors.

Munya was elected Thursday by his peers in election of new leaders to take charge of the Governors caucus, held in Nairobi.

Munya replaces Ruto, who finished his two year term.

Salim Mvurya, the former Vice Chairman has retained his position, while Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has been named the Chief Whip.

Munya said that he would continue the fight started by Ruto t give Counties more funding, even if it means pushing forward the Pesa Mashinani referendum.

" We need more money to develop our Counties and I will continue to fight for that through the available avenues, including the Pesa Mashinani referendum," he said after being elected.

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