COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS THROWS IT’S WEIGHT BEHIND THE REFERENDUM ALBEIT WITH CONDITIONALITIES

The Council of Governors have today nominated His Excellency Cornel Rasanga Amoth to sit in its special committee tasked to undertake an internal audit to look at how Counties have implemented devolution which will in turn inform the referendum
question for Counties in the ongoing debate about constitutional amendment.

In a statement read on it’s behalf by The Council Chairman and Turkana County boss His Excellency Josephat Nanok after a four hour meeting with the Governors earlier today the Council of Governors resolved to support the referendum but only if it seeks to increase allocations to counties as in previous call for Pesa Mashinani and if the process is ‘Wanjiku’ led.

The special committee established on the referendum will be co-chaired by H. E. Prof. Kivutha Kibwana and H.E. Kiraitu Murungi and other members will include H.E Joyce Laboso, H.E Anyang Nyongo, H.E. Amason Kingi, H.E. Charity Ngilu, H.E. Francis Kimemeia, H.E. Paul Chepkwony, and H.E. Wycliffe Oparanya of Kakamega.

Other major resolutions by the Council meeting of today held at the Delta House headquarters, Nairobi touched on unconstitutionality of the County Oversight and Accountability Bill 2018 that is before the Senate and the legal mandate of ownership and management of the Water Service Providers (WSPs) within the Counties by the Counties.

The Governors have meanwhile noted that there are challenges still facing Counties key among them, the slow disbursement of funds. This has hampered implementation of development projects. Apparently, counties are halfway through the financial year and three quarter of the counties are yet to receive their allocations according to Governor Nanok Josephat of Turkana who doubles as the Council of Governors Chairman.

It is now official, the 6th Annual Devolution Conference will be held on 4th – 8th March 2019 in Sagana, Kirinyaga County as agreed by Governors today. The guiding theme is; “Deliver. Transform. Measure. Remaining Accountable”. The Conference will follow up on the previous resolutions with tangibles outputs from each county and other government agencies.

*COMMUNICATION DIRECTORATE*
*COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF SIAYA*

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