, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 21 – Meru County Governor Peter Munya is the new chairman of the Council of Governors, replacing Bomet’s Isaac Ruto who was not eligible to run after serving two terms.
Munya takes over the leadership of the council after he was endorsed by his fellow Governors after the expiration of the term of the current leadership.
“I would like to be short on rhetoric and long on implementation,” said Munya.
Kwale’s Salim Mvurya who had initially expressed interest in the top post opted out and retained his vice chairman’s seat while Marsabit Governor Ukur Yatani was endorsed as the council’s secretary.
Munya said among his top priorities would be to strengthen the relationship between the National and County Governments and to ensure full implementation of the Constitution especially on transition whose deadline is December this year.
“It would be in the best interest of this country if the Council of Governors and the family of devolution which includes the Senate and the county assemblies would work together to develop this dream,” he added.
The Meru Governor who beat Kakamega’s Wycliffe Oparanya and Kwale’s Mvurya through consensus said he was not keen on creating enemies through the position as his predecessor had but pointed out that he would not slow the pace which had been set by Ruto who was lauded for giving the council a voice.
“I will try to avoid making enemies a mush as possible, but if my work forces me to make people unhappy there is nothing I can do about it; I will try my best to reach out to people both at the county and the National level,” he stated.
Munya affirmed that the election would not affect the ‘Pesa Mashinani’ referendum call which Ruto has passionately campaigned for, saying he would carry on with campaign further dismissing reports of the possible merger with CORD’s OKOA Kenya movement saying the matter was yet to be discussed by the council.
“That has never been an agenda in the council of governors so there is really no position on that. We are going to call a special meeting to discuss the referendum call and come up with ways of rejuvenating the campaign,” stated Munya.
He at the same called on the Upper House to work within its mandate and implored Senators to ensure they respected the law particularly on the decisions they made.
Bomet Governor Ruto who handed over what he referred to a ‘burden’ to Munya expressed confidence in his ability to steer the governors saying he has ‘run a good race’.
“We are now handing over the baton to a new team which is not allowed to reduce the pace,” he said.
Ruto decried the fact that the stalemates with various institutions had taken devolution back saying they had highlighted 24 anti-devolution laws which they threatened to challenge in court.