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We are not with CORD in referendum quest, Ruto

08 August 2014, 09:10 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The Council of Governor’s chairman, Isaac Ruto, has ruled out reports that governors’ quest for a referendum is linked with that of the opposition coalition.

Ruto stated that the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) demands for referendum are politically driven.

“CORD said they have 13 issues which I doubt whether they belong to a referendum,” he said.

“Our referendum is to demand for more money to the grassroots. It is an initiative of governors on behalf on Kenyans. We want 45 percent of national revenue of financial year 2012/13 which has been certified by the auditor general,” Ruto explained.

He, however, conceded that county governments are receiving 43 percent of national revenue collected in the financial year 2009/10 adding that they are demanding their percentage share from 2012/13 revenue which is KES.350 billion.

“This money is being held by the national government and we know it is there. We want more money so as to be able to deliver devolved functions smoothly,” he noted.

Ruto criticized the national government for continuing to fund some departments including health because the function was devolved and is under management of the county governments.

“Health department gets money for deworming children an exercise that never see it happening and it is now devolved governments’ duty to offer health services,” said Ruto.

He made the remarks at a Nyeri hotel after presiding over the opening of County Pension Fund (CPF) meeting.

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