CoG Chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya [photo: hivisasa]
Nov, 9th 2020 – Governors and Members of County Assemblies have made a raft of demands that they want met as they converge in Naivasha to discuss the Building Bridges Initiative report. This comes a week after pro-government MPs and senators met in Naivasha and endorsed the document.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga are expected to address the two-day retreat in Naivasha on Tuesday at the Enashipai Spa and Lodge.
In the coming days, a meeting is expected for the MCAs which will be held at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi. Wycliffe Oparanya, Council of Governors (CoG) said that they will discuss the issues surrounding devolution and the BBI. He said, “Yes, we are meeting in Navasha to review the document to see what role we have to play and make sure that the recommendations touching on money to the counties is firmly anchored in the report.”
He disclosed that governors have been facing problems with disbursement of funds in counties and is among the issues that will be discussed. “We will be taken through by experts and the president and Raila will speak to us about it. But we want to know what is in the document for governors. Remember, some of us are on our second term, but we still want to play an active role in this country’s politics.”
Through County Assembly Forum Chairperson (CAF) Ndegwa Wahome, MCAs said that they want to know how Ward Development Fund will be raised from five to 30 percent. He said, “This is one of the agendas that we will be discussing. We want funds to go to the grassroots.“
Ndegwa says that MCAs should be appointed as county executive members and also added that MCAs should be awarded pension after they serve their term.
Ndegwa said, “Just like the proposal in the BBI we want MCAs to be appointed as county executive members. What happens in the national government should also happen in the counties. These should be the benefits of devolution.“