Is Jubilee planning to abolish Senate?
26 September 2016, 14:41
Nairobi - The Jubilee party has been accused of having a plot to kill the Senate.
Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto said that the Jubilee government is planning to use the same trick used by founding President Jomo Kenyatta during the post independence days to abolish the Senate and giving senators direct nominations to the national assembly.
He said that the first step towards that was to convince smaller political parties to fold up into one single party.
Speaking Monday morning during an interview at a local radio station, Ruto said that Jubilee wants to weaken the devolved system of governance by abolishing the Senate.
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“What we are seeing is the same thing that happened after independence, where parties were convinced to dissolve join KANU and thereafter the senators were convinced that Senate was not important and were given direct nominations to the national assembly.
“They want to abolish the Senate after killing political parties and there after they will target the County governments and weaken them with the aim of telling Kenyans that the devolved system of governance is not working,” he said.
He added: “All they want is to take us back to the centralized system of government where all decisions were being made from Nairobi and this is being propagated by meat eaters who want to steal everything from Nairobi.”
Ruto defended the County governments saying that they have registered remarkable development records since 2013 and called for more capacity building within the County governments as one way of dealing with the many challenges facing devolution.
“Yes we have challenges in the County governments but we also have to look at the great achievements we have made since 2013. We need to invest in capacity building within County government as one way of dealing with the many challenges that have faced the devolved units,” he said.
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