Raila: Jubilee killing devolution
18 July 2016, 21:32
Nairobi - Cord leaders Raila Odinga has said Jubilee government is working hard to kill devolution.
He said the government has been a letdown to devolution because governors still have to go to Nairobi frequently to beg to be given funds to run their independent governments in the counties.
"Jubilee are orphans of an era where people made delegations to State House in Nairobi to go and beg the president to take development projects to their areas," said Raila.
He added, "In such eras, people came with brief cases and poured out money that could not help people. They ate in one day, and it got finished. It is time that Kenyans must vouch for development that will last forever."
He alluded to the famous parable that giving Kenyans fish to eat for only a day was not beneficial and called for strategies where Kenyans will instead be taught how to fish.
"We have a solution in teaching Kenyans how to fish because we are strong believers in devolution and bringing services much closer to the people as opposed to Jubilee that believes in centralising," he said.
He noted even if Jubilee is given over 100 years to rule, they will have nothing new to give Kenyans apart from promises and public relations stunts.
He said the Vision 2030 blueprint that was put in place in 2002 and which was on course during his tenure as Prime Minister and President Mwai Kibaki has since been neglected.
"It is only 14 years to 2030, yet everything else that had been started to improve the well being of the country towards its industrialisation," he said.
He noted it is unfortunate that most parts of the country are still suffering from lack of clean water, poor educational structures, and persistent challenges in the health sector, corruption and many more.
"It is only ODM that has a better placed strategy to end all these, because our values are pegged on promoting devolution," he said.
He further said he had not given up the fight to see money lost in the NYS and Eurobond sagas is refunded back to the government from those who stole it.
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