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Senators vow to defend devolution

05 August 2013, 17:32 Dareel Eric

Senators have vowed to fight and defend devolution at whatever costs even if it means going for a referendum to seek the opinion of the people.

They said that they are not pleased with the treatment that the governors are being given by the Transitional Authority and government.   

During a courtesy call to Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga, the seven-member Senate Committee on Delegated Legislation said that it is totally dedicated for the cause of devolution.

Led by the committee chairperson Mvita Mshenga, the senators noted that it will be difficult for the counties to operate freely if the national government will continue choking governors.  

“We are pleased by the efforts that the governors are making in fighting for devolution to pick up despite the many challenges,” said Mshenga.

Other senators who were at the meeting included nominated senators Liza Chelule and Harold Kipchumba, Kakamega, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kirinyaga Senators Bonny Khalwale, Stewart Madzayo, Emma Mbura and Daniel Karaba respectively.  

Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale said that they will pursue their desire to collect signatures as they wait patiently for the Supreme Court to decide their case and the possibility of going for a referendum.

“We are all united in the cause for a referendum to remove the ambiguities in the constitution which are making the development projects that the people wanted at the grassroots to stall,” said Khalwale.

Khalwale noted that the Transitional Authority is doing badly by frustrating the governors by cutting some of the money which is allocated under them.

Transitional Authority fighting governors silently

He said that by taking back the money meant for roads development, the Transitional Authority was fighting the governors silently.

He cautioned that the people at the Treasury want the county governments to fail so that the people on the ground can blame the governors and not the president at the end of his term.

“The people know the governor as their closest person who can help instigate development projects in their areas. If the projects stall, the people will come back to the governors and accuse them of not having worked as required by the constitution,” he said.

Khalwale said that if the matter at the Supreme Court is not handled to their favour, they will have no option but to go back to the people and ask them their opinion through a referendum.

Vihiga governor Moses Akaranga said that they will try their best as governors to defend devolution.

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