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President Uhuru Kenyatta vows to make devolution
It is our responsibility to support devolution
as stipulated in the Constitution, a
Constitution we swore to protect and defend
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William
Ruto on Thursday vowed to fully carry out the
Constitution and make devolution success.
in Nairobi during a meeting with governors from
the 47 counties, both Kenyatta and Ruto said they
have a clear focus on devolution and what it means
to the people of Kenya.
as I said during my inauguration, devolution is not a choice
but our civic duty to ensure we support it to the fullest.
It is our responsibility to support devolution as stipulated
in the Constitution, a Constitution we swore to protect and
defend, Kenyatta said.
The new system,
under the new Constitution, is geared towards involving the
people in governance by giving them chance to actively engage
in law making, and also allows better supervision and better
implementation of the projects at the grassroots.
say the constitution, born of the post- election chaos of
2008, and the devolution project embedded in it is a direct
attempt to address the underlying causes of that conflict.
government is meant to defuse the inequities that have
undermined national cohesion, and to prevent the concentration
(and confiscation) of power by ruling factions.
called on the 47 governors to work together with them in
ensuring that devolution succeeds and the expectations of
Kenyans are met.
particularly pointed out that when the Constitution was
passed, Kenyans expected the issues of exclusion and lack of
popular participation in decision making would never arise
He added that
Kenyans also expected that the issue of service delivery will
be much smoother and more effective.
expectations are still there so people are really looking up
to you with a lot of hope and expectations, Kenyatta told
emphasized that the elected leaders at the two distinct county
and national levels should work together in the best interest
of the people of Kenya.
is why the first meeting we are having with any elected
representatives is with you as a sign of our commitment to
devolution, he said.
He, therefore, urged
the governors to work with the executive in ensuring that the
Kenyan dream is realized.
us please work together so that we ensure we deliver to the
people of this republic. Let us not be seen as if we are not
working together, he said.
Many Kenyans have
expressed hope that devolution will boost interaction between
the government and local communities to address misuse of
resources like forests, minerals and wildlife.
They said there
will be abundant resources in the 47 counties including
sand, honey, coal and limestone and only hope that these
counties will have clear plans on how to exploit these
resources for the benefit of everyone.
government includes a country assembly and executive
committees led by governors who are directly elected.
administration is charged with the responsibility of
exercising executive power, implementing laws for
administration of the county as well as carrying out other
executive functions of the county.
Members of the
county assemblies and a Speaker will have powers to enact laws
for effective performance at the county level, act as an
oversight instrument on the county executive committee and
receive, approve plans and policies for smooth operation and
management of resources and county institutions.
Noting that there
will be teething problems, Kenyatta said the hiccups should
not be interpreted as attempts to derail devolution. Let us
understand that we will have problems but we are committed to
working together in resolving those problems and ensuring
devolution succeeds, he said.
acknowledged that legal structures are in place, Kenyatta
said those structures should not interfere with devolution.
also encouraged the governors not to wait until things go
wrong for them to meet him and his deputy but rather call for
meetings whenever necessary.
Ruto said he and the President participated in the formulation
of the Constitution at all stages both in the ninth and 10th
Parliament and are fully committed to its implementation.
said he and the President will always work towards ensuring
that devolution succeeds. The one thing that we are not going
to do is to fail. We must do whatever it takes to ensure
devolution succeeds, Ruto said.