Nanok takes Council of Governors mantle from Munya

May 22, 2017 3:59 pm
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Nanok will take over from Munya whose term came to an end Monday after serving for two years. Photo/FILE.

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 22 – Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok is the new Council of Governors Chairman, replacing his Meru counterpart Peter Munya whose term came to an end after serving for two years.

In elections held on Monday, Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu will retain the deputy chairman’s post while William Kabogo of Kiambu is the new chief whip.

The elections were held three months to the General Election, meaning the governors will have to elect a new chairman in the event Nanok fails to recapture his Turkana seat.

During his acceptance speech, the Turkana Governor stated that the fair conclusion of the Division of Revenue Allocation bill will form part of his agenda as he assumes office.

“I have just taken over office a few months before new governors are elected and sworn in. Our main agenda is finishing up the short term priorities that the council has which include the fair conclusion of the Division of Revenue Allocation Bill that allocates money to counties,” he stated.

He explained that the council will also be looking at pending legislation and any pending work that needs to be done before the end of the duration.

The elections were held three months to the General Election, meaning the governors will have to elect a new chairman in the event Nanok fails to recapture his Turkana seat.

“The Council of Governors is an intergovernmental organ that needs to be in place at all times. We cannot leave a vacuum without a chair. This is a very important person in the COG,” he said.

Munya was elected as chairman two years ago when he took over from Bomet Governor Isaack Ruto.
While delivering his final speech, he emphasized on the need to amend the Constitution to anchor 45 percent minimum equitable share to Counties Action.

“State agencies, corporations and regional development authorities must be restructured to align to the devolved system of government. These include the National Aids Control Council (NACC), Regional Development Authorities and the National AIDS and STIs Control Programme (NASCOP) to mention a few,” he said.

He further emphasised the need for security to be given top priority in the Country.

“Security is an issue that falls within the purview of the national government. It is, therefore, unfortunate and disheartening that issue of security has never been seriously tackled by the national government. Insecurity could affect the electoral process as well as the general development and wellbeing of our citizens,” he said.

The Meru Governor also reiterated that devolution is a joint effort and a matter of coordination and collaboration among all the stakeholders, including the citizen.

He encouraged Kenyans to elect leaders who can take devolution to the next level.

“Even as we prepare for the first general elections with county governments in existence, let us exercise our civic duties diligently and wisely. Let us not waste the currency of our votes, for they are the only weapons of bringing the change that we so much deserve and desire,” he said.

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