Mudavadi: Vote out Jubilee as it is killing devolution
25 August 2016, 20:37
Nairobi - Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi has urged Kenyans to oust Jubilee government out of power for lack of political will to support devolution.
Mudavadi said the government has intentionally crippled key sectors like health and agriculture by refusing to relinquish roles set aside for county governments by the constitution.
He said being the architect who designed the legal framework that translated Chapter Eleven on Devolved Government into the current county governments; he should be allowed to speak freely on performance so far.
“Kenyans are sceptical about achieving devolution promise and feel betrayed by the national and county governments in equal measure. And I agree with them because problem is with having implementers who don’t believe in the new system. The National Government under Jubilee has only acted to sabotage devolution,” Mudavadi said.
He noted Kenyans must demand explanations why billion budgets remain in devolved functions of agriculture and health in national government other than for speculative rent seeking.
“Devolution means empowerment of the people. It meant removing decision-making from a centralised system (central government) and dispersing that power in a horizontal manner to counties,” he said.
He questioned whether county governments have been beneficial or burdens to the people in performing functions, promoting public participation, and accountability.
“What flagship economic and social infrastructure projects have county governments established and how many entrepreneurs exist to launch the county as a competitive investment destination?” he posed.
He noted despite the public having disapproved of county governments, there is no doubt that four years into implementing devolution, Kenyans still support the idea of devolution.
Mudavadi asked MCAs to fight and redeem the county governments’ image where they are viewed as enclaves of devolved corruption.
“While doubts linger about representation, MCAs haven’t done well on legislation. The ‘councillor’ mentality took too long to be erased because not much training was done on the role,” he said.
Mudavadi noted it is for lack of political will to implement devolution that he appeals to Kenyans to elect Amani National Congress (ANC) to carry forward the promise of devolution.
He said ANC has the knowledge, commitment and political will to implement devolution to accord with wishes of Kenyans in the letter and spirit of the Constitution.
“We intend to do even more. We intend to free Kenyans from several burdens. We will soon release a policy paper called “Our Covenant with Kenyans,” he said.
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