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Transition Authority to blame for devolution woes

21 August 2014, 10:21 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – MPs have said the Transition Authority (TA) is to blame for devolution challenges counties are currently facing after the transfer of functions such as the Health sector from the National Government.

The Githunguri MP, Peter Baiya said TA misled President Uhuru Kenyatta to quickly transfer the functions to counties yet they lacked the capacity to manage the roles.

“Since TA pressurised the President to conduct a quick blanket transfer of functions to counties, they cannot be reversed easily until consultations are held between Governors and the National Government,” said Baiya.

He added that County Governments should be given more time in the management of the transferred functions other than calling for reversal of the roles to the National government.

Suba MP, John Mbadi said devolution requires more time in implementation and thus the its challenges should be identified in an effort to find a long lasting solution.

“The solution to challenges the transferred functions are experiencing is to engage relevant stakeholders in the County and National governments in addressing them for proper implementation,” said Mbadi.

He added that counties ought to start managing the devolved roles the day President Kenyatta met governors at Statehouse and granted them the transferred duties.

Mbadi also said the power battles between the County and National governments in managing the roles should be resolved.

“There should be no conflict on the management of the functions between the County and National government because this may lead to loss of many lives especially for the Health sector,” said Mbadi.

The MPs called on the government to urgently intervene in the devolved Health functions which is currently faced by challenge of delayed payment of health workers leading to go-slows.

The MPs were contributing to a debate in Parliament on the challenges facing the devolved functions in counties.

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