, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 20 – Members of the National Assembly have joined their Senate counterparts in snubbing the on-going Third Devolution Conference in Meru County.
House Leaders Aden Duale and Francis Nyenze said they were not going to attend a conference being held by leaders accused of misusing county allocations.
“We cannot go to the Devolution Conference in Meru to celebrate corruption,” said Nyenze.
Senators on Tuesday passed a resolution barring them from attending the conference in protest at the irregular funds allocated to the activities of the Council of Governors.
Senators also protested the manner the Governors have been organising the annual event, arguing that the county bosses had been ignoring other devolution stakeholders, and made it their forum.
The resolution however exempted Speaker Ekwee Ethuro who was among the speakers to the conference which is being held under the theme: ‘The Promise of Devolution: Consolidating the gains after transition and looking into the future.’
Namibia’s Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa opened conference in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was represented by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri.
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Participants have been drawn from all the counties, the national government, civil society, academia and some foreign countries.
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah supported the proposal saying the conference focused more on Governors rather than devolution and what should be done to improve it.
“This is nothing but a conference to go and massage the egos of these Governors who are not giving any values to the people of Kenya,” stated Ichung’wah.
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi said he turned down an invitation to attend the conference because it clashed with the Business of the House.
“I did receive an invitation to attend the said conference but I declined on the grounds that the House is in session, and it would not be fair for us to adjourn. That is not to say that if individual members received invitations, there would be anything untoward, if any of you decided to go and attend and to be appraised,” said Muturi.