NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 2 – President Mwai Kibaki has asked newly elected governors and their deputies to dedicate their efforts in serving Kenyans and stop wrangling over what he termed as ‘needless power.’
Addressing the county leaders who were attending a workshop in Naivasha on Tuesday, the outgoing president pointed out high expectations amongst Kenyans, which he said cannot be achieved if bickering persists.
Since governors were elected, there have been struggles between them and county commissioners arising from their roles.
In some counties, the war began with office space and housing for the governors.
“What we have been seeing over the last few weeks of people fighting for space is utter nonsense. The people of Kenya have placed tremendous trust on you to implement the devolved system of government. I call upon you to wholeheartedly commit your energies, resources, and political capital to ensure the success of your respective county governments,” President Kibaki stated.
He also challenged the governors and their deputies to ensure they transform their regions as outlined during their respective campaigns.
He told the meeting that counties are the new centres of economic growth in Kenya and they will be critical in the achievement of Vision 2030.
“You have been elected because of the special qualities that the people saw in you. Let not the trappings of power overwhelm you. You only have a limited time to serve the people. My question to you is just one. What will the people remember you for and what mark and impact will you leave in improving the lives of the people you serve?”
The five-day workshop organised by the Transition Authority features a training programme targeting the new county heads as the Authority lays the groundwork for devolution as set out in the Constitution.
The Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and his Senate counterpart Ekwe Ethuro are also attending the leadership workshop.