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Waiguru rules out possibility of devolving security to counties

24 April 2015, 17:05 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Ann Waiguru has ruled out the possibility of security being devolved to the counties.

At a press briefing Thursday during the Devolution Conference in Kisumu, Waiguru while responding to issues raised by journalists stressed that the security docket cannot be devolved and that it will remain a national function especially at this time when the country is under increased security threats.

However, Waiguru said further queries on this matter should be addressed by her counterparts in the security docket.

She asserted, “National security is listed in schedule four of the constitution as a national function.”

During a session to discuss security matters at the devolution conference, a section of governors led by Council of Governors Security Committee Chairperson and Tana River Governor, Hussein Dado, called for the transfer of Administration Police to the County governments.

In a separate press briefing at the summit, Narok Deputy Governor, Everlyn Aruasa said there was need to have security functions devolved to County governments.

Read Also: Same old story in Garissa, despite terror attack

Governors and leaders of the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) have been agitating for devolution of some security roles to curb the increased incidents of insecurity, particularly in view of the Garissa University College attack where 147 students were killed by suspected Al Shabaab terrorists.

Waiguru admitted that discussions on devolving other functions are still ongoing and cannot be quickly determined since some are in court and due to pending bills in parliament such as on road classification.

However, she pointed out that although the Transitional Authority’s three year mandate is about to end, no vacuum will be experienced in handling transitional and devolution matters since the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee is already established under former PS Prof. Karega Mutahi.

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