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Senate majority leader ready to quit over devolution frustration

19 June 2015, 16:27 Ken Wekesa

Nairobi - Senate majority leader Kithure Kindiki has said he is ready to lose his senatorial seat if it’s what it takes to ensure that devolution is a success in the counties.

Kindiki said that at the moment governors who are missing funds at county level are the ones posing the biggest threat to the implementation of devolution at the counties.

He called upon the national government to provide enough funding to the Transitional Authority to be able oversee the alleged misappropriation of fund in the counties.

"We cannot have Governors with chase cars driving big vehicles in the villages, what are they running from at the village that they now need to have chase cars," said Kindiki

Addressing the consultative forum between the transition authority and the senate, Kindiki expressed the senate commitment to continue pushing further devolution of centralized function.

" There is no way the already devolved functions can be returned to the central government. The only way to negotiate is to ensure more centralized functions are devolved," said Kindiki

The senate majority leader also called for accountability in the counties by ensuring that Kenyans are provided with the costing of the already devolved functions to enable the government organs involved, be able to gauge the allocation needed in the counties.

He expressed his concerns over the increased hijacking of resource by individuals who he termed as centralists who still believe in the centralized distribution of resources and predators who are in the system.

" The centralists lost the battle long ago and are not going to take as back into the old model of distribution of resources," said Kindiki.

The majority senate leader noted that for long time now the focus has been on external devolution distracters but internal threats had never been handled.

He said the senate will continue spearheading the oversight role in the counties.

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