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Those opposed to County Development boards selfish

20 August 2014, 23:03

Bungoma - A member of parliament has supported the creation of County Development Boards in the country and said those opposed to the forum are being insincere and only care about their selfish interests.

Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi said Governors and other elected leaders that do not want senators to chair the boards that will also have MP's as members, have malicious interests.

Speaking to journalists yesterday, Wamunyinyi said the boards will lead to further growth and development as all the top elected leaders from the region will come together.

"The forum chaired by the senators will bring all of us in one table. It will enable the local leadership to come and work to together. I wonder why some people will oppose us coming together and charting the way forward on how we can develop our region," said Wamunyinyi.

The lawmaker said political supremacy battles between elected leaders have been blamed for slow growth in the region in the past, and noted that the boards will be a good avenue for the leaders to sort out their differences.

"Those opposed to the board seem to be hiding something. We should ask these leaders what is it they want to be hidden. We should ask them why they don't want leaders to work together," said Wamunyinyi .

" The bodies should be immediately constituted to coordinate development," added the legislator, who noted the board's membership will ensure there is more accountability for the devolved funds.

With the new law, elected Senators will chair the county development boards in their regions and governors will be their vice chairpersons.

Apart from elected MPs from the region other members of the county board will be both the majority and minority leaders of the county assemblies who will represent Members of the County Assembly (MCAs).

County commissioners will also sit on the board as ex-office members, as the representatives of the national government.

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