The Ministry of Devolution will continue working closely with the Senate to address challenges facing counties and ensure success of devolution.
Speaking in Nakuru on Thursday during the official opening of a two day meeting for the Senate Leadership on matters of devolution, Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said the Senate has a role t safeguard devolution and that his Ministry will continue to work closely in ensuring the same.
The CS revealed that the Ministry is currently working with the Senate to address issues of assumption of office for governors and deputy governors which has remained a challenge in some counties, an issue he said will be addressed through coming up with policies that will ensure dispute resolution.
“The role of the senate is to safeguard devolution and as a Ministry we are working closely with the Senate to ensure policies in addressing some of the challenges that affect counties for instance the issue of assumption of office by governors” he said.
The CS added that as one way of addressing some of the conflicts in the counties, Alternative Dispute Resolution policy will be gazetted soon.
While reiterating the need for unity in devolved system, the Devolution CS called on counties to come together as regional blocks in order to foster development.
“Unity of the Nation is very paramount and we call on the counties to come together as regional blocks in order to foster development” he said.
On the Devolution Conference that will take place in Kakamega County in two weeks time, The CS noted this was coming at a time when the country is on the right track especially after the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
He revealed that Odinga will be one of the main speakers at the devolution conference adding that the former Prime Minister has contributed a lot towards the dispensation of the constitution of Kenya 2010.
“The Devolution conference in Kakamega is paramount in trying to share the challenges and the successes of devolution and it is coming after the famous handshake. As a matter of fact, the former Prime Minister who has had a lot of contribution towards dispensation of the new constitution is also among the main speakers” he said.
Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka on his part while admitting that the former house had challenges with tussles here and there, said the current house is working closely with no issues of partisan.
On the issue of some counties failing to account for funds that had been allocated in the past financial years, the senate speaker said already the Public Accounts Committee has commenced a move to look into the matter.
“The former house had tussles here and there but I can confirm here that the current house is working closely with no partisan issues especially after the handshake” he said.
Similar sentiments echoed by Senate Majority leader who is also the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen as well Minority leader who is also Siaya Senator James Orengo.
The two speaking one language of unity with Orengo reminding Kenyans that the Senate Mandate as outlined in the constitution is to safeguard devolution and ensure its success with no partisan issues.
“The role of the senate as outlined in the constitution is to safeguard devolution and there is no where it has mentioned issues of partisan” said Orengo.
The meeting was also attended by Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Senator Susan Kihika with the two leaders calling on the Senate to ensure that Devolution works by addressing some of the challenges that affect various counties.
PHOTO/NGCU: Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui(Right),Senators Mutula Kilonzo Junior,James Orengo and Kipchumba Murkomen arrive for the two day Senate leadership retreat in Nakuru on 5th April 2018.