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‘TA should not be disbanded’ - Kioni

13 November 2013, 22:40 Joseph Njung’eh

 Nyeri - The National Government’s move to disband the Transition Authority (TA) is not wise, former Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni said on Wednesday.

He said the country is still under transition and the Kinuthia Wamwangi-led commission has significant roles to facilitate devolution.

Speaking at a Nyeri hotel, Kioni said the authority has not completed its mandate, as he criticized the decision to replace it with the Inter-Governmental Relations Technical Committee.

The government, he stated, should not rush to abolish the TA since its three-year scheduled tenure is not yet over. He further asked the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to resolve the impasse with the Members of the County Assembly (MCA).

Kioni said the Sarah Serem-led commission should realize that currently MCA's has a lot of duties compared to defunct councilors and their salaries should not be equated to the latter.

“MCAs are the people to watch and expected to drive devolution to make the County Governments function. The impasse is derailing devolution and the country is heading to a halt,” he observed, warning that devolved system of governance might not be realized.

He called upon SRC to address the issue fast so that devolution can be actualized and meet Kenyans’ expectations.

The politician asserted that MCAs are the leaders on the ground and it is only them who can pave way to actualization of devolved governance. He made the remarks while addressing media at Outspan Hotel during an induction workshop with House Committee members from nine counties.

The three-day-workshop was to train the committee members on their respective roles, how to prepare Bills and tabling of reports at the County assembly.

It was attended by almost 300 members from counties from North Eastern, Eastern and Nairobi regions.

In the event Kioni was accompanied by former Limuru MP Peter Mwathi to share their experiences in lawmaking.

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