Uhuru county appointments spark fury from ODM
15 May 2014, 16:15
Nairobi - The move by president Uhuru Kenyatta to create 47 powerful County Commissioner posts to delegate duties at county level has sparked fury from opposition party ODM.
The move by the president Thursday to delegate duties at county level to the new officials was described by acting ODM leader Prof. Anyang Nyong'o as detrimental to devolution.
" This development must not be allowed to succeed. It is
tantamount to further increasing the wage bill, escalating
constitutional crises and engendering unnecessary political tension in
the country, he said.
" It is now
clear that President Uhuru Kenyatta has all along been harbouring strong
reservations against devolution and an entrenched faith in
authoritarian rule, he said in a press statement.
The commissioners will have a say on government related projects at county level, a move which the ODM leader termed as regressive.
" The government should be slowly killing off the old provincial administration but it is instead putting up new structures to enhance it which is against the constitution, he added.
The president says that the new county bosses will be his eyes in the counties and has urged them to take full responsibility of whatever is going on at county level.
" I cannot be here in Nairobi and handle whatever is going on down there. The commissioners should take responsibility of the workload at county level and ensure that all is well and run in the right manner, he said.
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