, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 20 – Transition Authority Chairman Kinuthia Wamwangi now says that the controversies between Senators and Governors are a test which the Constitution must undergo if the new system of governance is to benefit Kenyans in the long run.
Wamwangi told Capital FM News that nobody should declare themselves right or wrong until the whole situation plays itself out.
His sentiments followed a declaration by the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution that the Senate was within its mandate to summon Governors as stipulated in the Constitution.
“What people do not understand is that we are still in the early stages of devolution. Nobody has the right or wrong answers. And until we achieve the required level of devolution, nobody should judge the other person. All arms of government should sit down together and dialogue if devolution is to succeed, so we should just wait and see how the whole thing plays itself out,” he stated.
The Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) has in the meantime lauded the decision by the High Court to reinstate Embu Governor Martin Wambora saying that Senators should have obeyed the rule of law before commencing proceedings against him.
Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala indicated that their utter disregard of the court process was appalling and stated that if left unchecked; the tension between the two levels of government could spiral out of control.
He indicated that strained relations between Governors, the Senate and members of County Assemblies is threatening devolution which is dividing counties and leadership at a national level.
He urged both Senators and Governors to engage in dialogue to eliminate tension between them.
“These are supposed to be the wise men and I want to urge them to show restraint in the way they handle issues. This is a new Constitution and implementation is at its earliest stages so it is like a Juvenile boy,” he stated.
“Rushing to court every now and then is not a solution. Kenyans should begin to learn on how to dialogue. The Senate is supposed to be a respected house. Governors need also to be told that they have to work to help people in their counties.”
He further pointed out that CIC and any other arms should be used to facilitate dialogue between different arms of government so that it is just not the courts that are used.