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Governors council doubts gvt devolution commitment

12 November 2013, 09:13

Nairobi - The Chairperson of the Council of Governors, Isaac Ruto, has again accused the central government of alleged lack of commitment to the process of devolution.

Ruto, who is also the governor for Bormet County, cited education, health and roads among indicators pointing to an urgent need for an increase in the devolved functions.

The governors’ council has previously accused the central government of misinforming the public over the issue.

“The government has termed the issue under sensitive matters. We have summoned the controller for an urgent meeting to deliberate on the matter. We shall have a meeting with the controller of budgets so that we solve this issue and forge the way forward,” Ruto said during a press briefing during the ongoing retreat for the county executive committees.

The Bomet governor has been a fierce critic of the Jubilee government regarding its commitment to the devolution.

Some politicians allege that the official opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) was using Ruto to destabilize the Jubilee government.

Ruto was also among the proponents of the debate on increasing revenue allocation to the county governments from the current 15 percent to 50 percent.

CORD had resorted for a national referendum to initiate the increment but later dropped the bid.

– CAJ News


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