Senate aware of insecurity and will address, assures Speaker
25 November 2014, 22:58
Nairobi – The Senate Speaker, Ekwe Ethuro has said his House is aware of the current insecurity situation in the country and assured to address the matter through relevant Senate committees.
Ethuro was faulting the Kenya Editors Guild chairman, Linus Kaikai who claimed the government’s failure to combat terror attacks is an indicator of leadership crisis in the country.
“There is leadership crisis in this country as per the current insecurity situation and Senate has to stand up to address this challenge. Who is to act if leaders join the public in expressing anger because of insecurity in the country?” Kaikai had posed.
The Speaker said there have been poor engagements among security agencies and that Senate will use its constitutional mandates to safeguard the counties’ interests and the country at large.
“The attained devolution is a game-changer and promise of a new Kenya to be defended by Senate. The Senate’s constitutional roles are assured but the challenge is the false perception from the public which has to be changed,” said Ethuro.
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He warned other institutions, particularly, the Judiciary and National Assembly against interfering with the decisions made by Senate in discharging its constitutional mandates.
“We believe what Senate is doing is constitutional. Senate is not asking for more powers than those provided in the Constitution but other institutions have to respect its existing roles when Senate discharges its duties,” said Ethuro.
However, Kaikai expressed concern that the government is wasting much time on transition period after which he said the slow pace is affecting the country’s economic development agenda.
“We spend too much time at the starting point and the Senate should be aligned to its devolution mandate and remain relevant practically from the provided constitutional roles,” said Kaikai.
The Senate Minority Leader, Moses Wetang’ula challenged the media to partner with the Senate in its mandate of defending and protecting the long fought for devolution.
“Journalists should be fearless and true to their calling in informing the public. The media should help the Senate to be visible in this new political and constitutional dispensation. Senate is here to stay and nobody can wish it away,” cautioned Wetang’ula.
Wetang’ula said those questioning the Senate’s roles in legislation are ignorant in acquiring information from the Constitution. He added that Senate will ensure governors and the counties’ accounting officers account for the allocated county funds.
The Senate and media heads were speaking during a breakfast forum meant to create good working relations between them.
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